LANTERN for ORCHESTRA

PROGRAM NOTES

Lantern, commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of their Bach Festival, is a response to Bach’s Ricercar a 6, a staggering 6-part fugue from The Musical Offering. The ricercar is charged with a tenacious searching quality. As each of the six voices enters, the music surges forward with renewed vitality, manifesting a beautiful, florid landscape. My piece found its inspiration in this continual sense of searching for resolution. As I was developing the music, I began to imagine that search as a path guided by lantern light, continually flaring and casting an ever-changing array of shadows. The orchestra embodies this idea with rolling surges of energy and shifting drones.

 

Composition Details

Completed in 2021 and set to be premiered by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Manhattan School of Music on June 15th, 2022. The piece was commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the DeGaetano Composition Institute.

 

Instrumentation

Orchestra

  • 2/2/2/2 – 2 Flutes (1 piccolo), 2 Oboes, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon
  • 4/2/3/1 – 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C
  • Timpani, 2 Percussion (Snare Drum, Brake Drum, Low Tom, Triangle, Harmonicas in Bb, F, and D)
  • Strings

 

Duration

~12 minutes

Recording

…Coming Fall 2022…

Score Link

…Coming Fall 2022…

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