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Yosemite Autumn

Mark Camphouse

Yosemite Autumn was written in 2004 on a commission from the Miami Coral Park High School and dedicated to the memory of the composer’s mother-in-law. The piece was inspired by the natural beauty and majestic splendor of California's Yosemite National Park. The composer cited the words of the great American naturalist, conservationist and writer John Muir:

“No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.
Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.”

Mark Camphouse (b. 1954) began composing at age 17 and has written primarily for symphonic winds. He studied at Northwestern University with John Paynter, Alan Stout, and Vincent Cichowicz, and in the Chicago Civic Orchestra with the legendary Adolph Herseth. He is the editor of a series of books on composing and is currently professor emeritus at George Mason University.

Last updated on November 17, 2022 by Palatine Concert Band