Harold in Germany (2011)

wind band Grade 4
duration 6'

Commissioned by the Wind Orchestra of Ohio Northern University for their concert tour through Amberg, Laupheim, Wangen and Stuttgart, Harold in Germany began as a short work contrasting German and American music but soon escalated into a Berlioz-tinged programmatic fantasy starring a young man from New Orleans. Harold (portrayed by a muted trumpet) wakes up on the Autobahn with no memory of leaving Louisiana. As he wanders through an unfamiliar country, we hear what he hears – his surroundings, his thoughts. Listen for references to J.S. Bach, jazz standards, and some cross-continental pop music.