for Chamber Orchestra
Composed December 2020
Commissioned by Dr. Chris Dobbins for the Washington and Lee University Orchestra
Scoring: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone and Strings (min 6/6/4/4/2)
Washington and Lee University Orchestra; Dr. Chris Dobbins conducting - April 5, 2021
Toledo Symphony Orchestra; Edwin Outwater conducting - April 30-May 1, 2021
This composition is a study in texture and the blending/timbral quilaities of the different families of instruments with each other. A chorale is introduced early in the piece that is traded off between the different families, giving it a unique feel each time. A Messiaen-esque and mysterious chorale features in the middle section of the composition, which then builds to a sentimental climax. In the final section, the chorale is stated again but mournfully fades in the abyss.