Inspired by the American Girl dolls and magazines, this work was written for the composer's two daughters. Filled with the rhythm of young girls, this work represents girls who are filled with imagination and consumed with passion for the knowledge of the people who made our country what it is.
Genre: Full Orchestra | # of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 7:00
Flute 1, 2 (Piccolo)
Oboe 1, 2
Bb Clarinet 1, 2
Bassoon 1, 2
F Horn 1, 2, 3, 4
Bb Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Trombone 1, 2
Percussion 1 (Maracas, Snare Drum, Castanets, Crash Cymbals, Triangle)
Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Sleigh Bells, Woodblock, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Low Tom-tom)
An American Girl, written for the composer's two Daughters, Alannah and Siobhan McCarthy, was premiered by The Interlochen Philharmonic, Timothy Russell, conducting, August, 1999. Like many other young ladies throughout the United States, Alannah and Siobhan became interested in the "American Girls" dolls and magazine. The movements, I. "Alannah: Drawings, Paintings, and stories" and II. "Siobhan in Colonial Williamsburg" are about each girl's personality and the doll that they selected. Alannah, being interested in Victorian history, selected the Victorian period doll, Samantha. Siobhan selected the Colonial period doll, Felicity.
Each doll is an imaginary American Girl from a specific period in American history. The doll is dressed in typical fashion of the period such as the colonial "Felicity" doll or the Victorian "Samantha" doll. The American Girl magazine, which accompanies each doll, teaches young women about every day life and American history from the corresponding period.
This piece is filled with the rhythm of young girls - Girls who are filled with imagination and consumed with passion for the knowledge of the kind of people who made our country what it is.