Niagara Falls

Grade 6

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This bundle includes:
1. A digital PDF of the Teacher Resource Guide from the Teaching Music textbook
2. An mp3 recording of the work

This composition is inspired by Daugherty’s many trips to Niagara Falls. It is a ten-minute musical ride over the Niagara River with an occasional stop at a haunted house or wax museum along the way.

Its principal musical motive is a haunting chromatic phrase of four tones corresponding to the syllables of “Niagara Falls,” and repeated in increasingly gothic proportions.

A pulsing rhythm in the timpani and lower brass creates an undercurrent of energy to give an electric charge to the second motive, introduced in canons by the upper brass.

The saxophones and clarinets introduce another level of counterpoint in a “bluesy” riff with a film noir edge.

Niagara Falls is Daugherty’s meditation on the American Sublime.