By Bernadine Johnson
Recital Suite Series
Magnificent Maine celebrates the unique features of the state of Maine and its coastline. "West Quoddy Sunrise" opens the suite with a musical depiction of a gorgeous sunrise over the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Filled with a sense of wonder and beauty, this expressive movement is lyrical from the first note to the last. The jagged coastline is depicted in the second movement, "The Rocky Coast." Intense dynamics and large chords outline the rocks and waves that crash upon them. The third movement, "Magnificent Pines," concludes the suite with majestic chords and a full, rich sound that befits the state known as "The Pine Tree State."