An American Girl
Daniel W. McCarthy
About this work:
“An American Girl” was written for the composer’s two Daughters, Alannah and Siobhan McCarthy. 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.
Year composed: 1998
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Standard Orchestra
Instrumentation: 1 Piccolo, 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 4 Horn in F, 3 Trumpet, 2 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 3 Percussion (General), 36 Strings (General), 14 Violin, 8 Viola, 8 Cello, 6 Double bass
Instrumentation notes: Available from: C Alan Publications
PO Box 29323, Greensboro, NC 27429