First Frost 3:510:00/3:51
"Strength of a Nation"
For middle school band
Commissioned by the Dean Morgan School band in Casper, Wyoming.
For woodwind quintet
Composed by Crystal Grooms Mangano in 2020,
First Frost is a musical reflection on a poem of the same name
written by Jennifer Grooms (2012):
Last night the frost dug its icy frigid fingers
in the ground, and the earth shuddered with relief,
and the flowers no longer had to be perky
and pretty, and the lawn was spared its weekly
mowing, and the gardener bowed her head and
relinquished, without guilt or sorrow, control to the
universe and beyond, and all that was left for
her was to rest and hope for new beginnings.