for harp and string orchestra
for harp and string quintet
Even before the National Symphony’s première performance in May of 2006 of Four Angels: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
, musicians in the orchestra were urging me towards presenting its third movement Regina Coeli
, an aural meditation on the mother of Jesus as the Queen of Heaven as a separate piece. The most distinguished American example of this practice is probably Barber’s Adagio for Strings
, which is heard much more frequently outside, rather than inside, its role as the slow movement of his string quartet.
While the concerto Regina Coeli
includes a breath of brass, it is largely scored only for harp and strings. I prepared versions that could be performed either by string quintet or string ensemble; and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra of the National Symphony, recorded the string orchestra version of Regina Coeli
for an all-Adamo record released on Naxos in November 2009.