Instrumentation: brass quintet (trumpet parts in C or Bb)
Commissioned by the Wichita Brass Quintet, faculty ensemble at Wichita State University.
Premiered by the Wichita Brass Quintet at WSU on February 22, 1989.
Recorded on Gems of Brass by The Union Brass Co. Humboldt State University.
Recording: The Wichita Brass. Used by permission.
Notes: The title reflects the open spaces of the Plains, a place where the scenery is in the sky. The language of the piece is basically modal, with some quartal/quintal harmonization, suggesting a corresponding harmonic “openness.”