the boat that brings them home (Parts) (download)
the boat that brings them home reflects upon the soldier’s journey home after service to their country.
For symphonic band
the boat that brings them home takes its name from a painting of the same name, also featured on the cover of this score. The artist, Father Dan Musgrave, was inspired to paint a ship, colorful and bold, to bring home the soldiers serving their country oversees. Both the music and the painting were composed in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, and the music features two different snare drum patterns, reflecting differing opinions on the Iraq war. Overall the piece is hopeful, with a beautiful journey across the sea in the middle section. the boat that brings them home ends with a simple duet between the trumpet and the snare drum, a somber statement on the uncertainty and seemingly unending presence of conflict.
Performed by the St. Olaf Band, 2003
Commissioned by the Miles H. Johnson Endowment in observance of the centennial of the St. Olaf College Music Department for the St. Olaf Band, Dr. Timothy Mahr, conductor, 2003