Sunrise over the Meadow
2nd movement of The Road to Victory
This movement centers on one of the soldiers and the inner conflict of his emotions. He is standing guard above the encampment on a ridge. Below him to his left are his compatriots and below him to his right is a meadow. The sun is just beginning to rise and the meadow is slowly coming to life. Tomorrow they will all go into battle and he doesn’t know if he will live out that day.
In the meadow, the little animals are scurrying around trying to find breakfast. A beaver is repairing his dam, a flock of geese come in for a landing and begin to mill about. In the camp, the soldiers are also awakening and going about the same things. The meadow appears to be very peaceful, whereas the camp is an obvious sign of war.
The guard knows that he can just walk across the meadow and keep right on going and not have to fight the coming battle. Yet in the camp are his friends and companions who will depend upon him to cover their backs.
This piece is about his conflict of which action he should take. Stay and face death, or flee and ensure his survival. The guard finally choices to accept his destiny and rejoins his companions.
Here is the Mp3
Here is the link to the 1st movement, now with the added percussion
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