The Conch. (Original composition)
Witherspoon, Ann Rivers
Master of Music
"The Conch" is an orchestral piece in four sections with a coda. The piece is a musical interpretation of the life of a conch shell. Section One announces the arrival of the conch shell onto the beach, after a battle with the waves breaking onto the shore. Section Two is the melodic theme of the conch as if someone were blowing on the shell as a musical instrument. Section Three simulates the wave sound (musical shapes moving in and out of each other) that one hears while holding a conch shell close to the ear. Section Four uses fragments of the first three sections of the piece to tie together all the beauty of this shell. After this climactic section a coda reiterates the "song of the conch" and quickly brings the piece to a lyrical, rather haunting end.