By John Lamb
As the title suggests, the work was inspired by the remains of a young woman found along Highway 59, just north of Pelican Rapids, Minn., during road work in 1931. The remains are believed to be at least 10,000 years old–and up to 20,000 years old, according to Otter Tail County’s website–and some of the oldest human remains in North America.
“It’s like a mix of Aaron Copland and (Igor) Stravinsky meets John Williams and Native American drummers,” he says, describing the 14-minute work.
Below: "Composer David James Nielsen and the Minnesota Woman marker just north of Pelican Rapids, Minn."