for Orchestra (3232 4331 T+2 Hp Strings)
Inspired by Longfellow's brilliant poem, “The Wreck of the Hesperus”, this powerful work will be an audience and performer favorite.
The rock and reef of Norman’s Woe are located in close proximity to the westernmost point of Gloucester’s outer harbor. Norman’s Woe can be seen from Hammond Castle on Hesperus Ave. (off route 127 in Gloucester).
There is no accurate record of how Norman’s Woe was named. Folklore tells of a man named Norman, who was shipwrecked and lost on the reef. John J. Babson’s history of Gloucester notes that Goodman Norman and his son settled the headland near the islet.
The history of Norman’s Woe is marred by many shipwrecks. One of the most noted shipwrecks was the “Rebecca Ann” in March, 1823. During a snowstorm, all ten crew members were cast into the ocean. Only one crewman survived.
Perhaps the most famous shipwreck at Norman’s Woe was the schooner “Favorite” out of Wiscasset, Maine, in December 1839. Twenty bodies washed ashore, among them that of a woman lashed to a piece of the ship. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took this story and renamed the ship “Hesperus” (after a wreck near Boston) creating the legend of “The Wreck of the Hesperus”.
NORMAN'S WOE (Orchestra)
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