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When I was invited to write a work especially for the Portland Junior Symphony I accepted the honor with great anticipation and some apprehension.
A satisfactory work would have to meet these standards of clear expression and yet belong to our time, our people, our youth.
With these thoughts guiding me I decided to remember the days of my late ‘teens. What was I like, what did I do, what were my expectations? To my great surprise and pleasure I found that I was quite similar to my own children (we have five). Forty years ago and today the youth live in a shining world of expectation: idealism is as high as the life which surrounds them will permit.
We did live then and do live now in two worlds, a dream world and an action world. So I decided to write “dream” music and “action” music:
Reverie and Dance
has been retitled
.) In both are folk-like songs, traditional and original, which my own family sing and love. In the Dance there are fast contemporary dance rhythms. Perhaps I should add that the harmony is consonant rather than dissonant; but it is a modern sense of consonance, seeking for bright, clear color.
13 MAY 2011
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
Christoph Mathias Muller, conductor
15 May - Lüneburg, Germany
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