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Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra on the occasion of the orchestra's centennial, “First Sight” is an exhilarating symphonic dance inspired by folk dances of the Dai people in China’s Yunnan province. The score calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet in E-flat, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players: xylophone, crash and suspended cymbals, Chinese cymbal, tamtam, large temple bowl, snare drum, bass drum), harp, piano, and strings.

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First Sight (2007)

Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra

Duration: 5 ½ minutes

Scoring: 3(picc).3(corA).3(Eb.Cl).3(cbn)/
4331/timp/3 perc/hp/pno/str

Premiere: 23 October 2007, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN.
The Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor

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