About this Piece
“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.”
– Carl Sandburg, from the poem “Chicago” (1914)
With its storied history, vibrant culture, and famous landmarks and skyline, Chicago stands as one of America’s great cities. City with Lifted Head Singing celebrates Chicago and conveys the spirit of raw confidence expressed in the line from Sandburg’s iconic poem.
A fanfare-like melody opens the piece with a bold statement, proudly announcing the city’s strength and grandeur. In the sections that follow, the music reflects the constant bustle of the city’s modes of transportation and the rhythmic energy of the city’s cultural and artistic life. In the middle section of the piece, impressions of the breaking waves of Lake Michigan and the soaring majesty of the cityscape work their way into the texture. Eventually the opening ideas are recapitulated, leading to a joyous and somewhat raucous ending.
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