The Ponce de Leon Suite
This exciting and fanciful orchestral suite depicts three distinct images. First, is the conflicting feelings the native inhabitants may have experienced upon seeing the unfamiliar Spanish ships sailing towards their home. Second, is De Leon's remembrance of his homeland and his dream of finding the legendary "Fountain of Youth" and the "Seven Cities of Gold!" Third, is the eager enthusiasm and hopeful optimism felt by Ponce De Leon and his crew in the early days of that famous quest through Florida's uncharted wetlands, swamp regions, and coasts. The familiar and exotic Spanish harmonies and rhythms help to evoke the romantic image of this epic journey.
This work was commissioned by Jonathan May and the Florida Young Artist's Orchestra celebrating their 10th season. It premiered at Carnegie Hall and received a standing ovation.
I. Spanish Ships on the Horizon (3:00)
II. Ponce's Dream (4:15)
III. The Quest (3:25)
Total Duration 10-12 Minutes
Scored for Full Orchestra, Piano / String Orchestra, Piano / String Quartet
The Quest is available through Alfred Music Publishing