Princesa de la Luna (2017, rev. 2019)
for Harp and String Orchestra
Composed February 2017, rev. December 2019
Scored for Harp and String Orchestra (min. 6/6/4/4/2).
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Brett Mitchell conducting - April 24, 2021
Oregon Mozart Players; Kelly Kuo conducting - May 15, 2021
Reno Chamber Orchestra; Kelly Kuo conducting - October 16-17, 2021
Drake University Chamber Orchestra; Dr. Héctor Agüero conducting - October 30, 2021
Toledo Symphony Orchestra; Vince Lee conducting - February 27, 2022
‘Princesa de la Luna’ is a portrait of a fictional princess that lives in the sky
and is only visible at night during a full moon, in the form of an adagio for harp and strings. The music illustrates the delicate and graceful features of her personality, but near the middle of the piece, the vainness in the vanity that comes with such a character as indicated by some tension in the music.
The entire piece is texture focused and explores the full colors and ranges of the string instruments as well as special effects in the harp (such as harmonics and glissando) giving the music a sparkling and shimmering feeling throughout, much like watching the stars around the moon on a clear night.