Commission by the International Horn Society for the 2002 IHS Convention held at Western Michigan University. This composition for horn octet describes a story well-known in the Michigan area. In the northeastern corner of Lake Michigan, just off the shore from the giant sand dune, are the North and South Manitou Islands. The Chippewa Indians explain the origin of thie scenic wonder in a touching tale known as the "Legend of the Sleeping Bear", a story of a Mother Bear watching over her two young frolicking cubs.
Movements entitled: At play on the Western Shore; Escaping the inferno in a journey across the waters; Holding Vigil for the Lost; Embraced by the Great Spirit Manitou on the Eastern shore. Score & parts.