This suite was composed, one movement per day, at the 2018 MTNA Annual Conference, which was held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World.
Francisco Coronado was a Spanish explorer in the 16th century who was searching for a legendary Seven Cities of Gold, which he thought to be in Western North America. After two years of searching Mexico and the area now part of the southwestern United States, he was led to an area called Quivira (which is close to present day Kansas) and upon finding nothing more of value than a copper pendant, left in debt and disgrace. This suite tells part of Coronado’s story.
Movement 1, The Expedition Begins, is bold, with plenty of key changes and octave movement.
Movement 2, Golden Dreams on the Colorado River, is a lush, neo-romantic waltz with contrapuntal moments and extended harmonies.
Movement 3, Disappointment at Quivira, features a lyrical melody with dark chords, slow yet punctuated with moments of rhythmic activity.
Mood: bold, lush, grand, regretful
Pedagogy: pedaling, octave melodies, modulations, extended harmonies, extreme dynamics, tricky rhythms.