Playground Sketches

for flute, clarinet, and bassoon

I. Monkey Bars

II. Sitting by the Shady Rock

III. Tag!

I composed this work with fond memories of the playground and surrounding area at my elementary school. It evokes the topsy-turvy nature of a set of monkey bars, the calm reflection of sitting on a rock in the shade, and the raucous excitement of a good game of tag. This suite is lovingly dedicated to the students and faculty of O'Connell Drive Elementary School, Porters Lake, Nova Scotia (go Ospreys!).

Playground Sketches was premiered by Kristopher Williams, flute; Hayley Johnson, clarinet; and Dimitrius Pellerin, bassoon at Hope's composition recital on April 10, 2021.