Sinfonietta (2016)

Five short movements for full orchestra, reflecting on varieties of spiritual experience.

full orchestra / 25 min.

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Program Note

When Delta David Gier invited me to compose a major piece for the South Dakota Symphony, it was a chance encounter with a translation of Hafez’s poetry that gave me the image of the work.  Hafez, a Sufi master and poet of the 14th century, radiates joy and urgency through arresting images.  A few of those images found their way into my creative process, and several of the movements are titled with words from the translation by Daniel Ladinsky.  But as a whole the work draws on a lifetime of reading and meditation.  The title Sinfonietta is a nod to Leos Janacek; some musical concepts are borrowed from Olivier Messiaen; the final movement reflects my recent studies of gugak, traditional Korean music.

My Sinfonietta was commissioned jointly by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Dale Frehse, Toos Daruvala, Honey Kurtz, Phyllis Mills, and Steven Stamas.  The premiere takes place January 14, 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD.

The movements:

  1. Awakening
  2. Planets Dance
  3. Tuned with Love
  4. The Lantern
  5. Tal Nori


Upcoming Performances

  1. Reflexions at The College of New Jersey

    February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Premiere of Songs for Allegra

    April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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