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Augusta Read Thomas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Of Paradise and Light (2010)
G Schirmer Inc
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
5 Minutes
Programme Note
Augusta Read Thomas Of Paradise and Light (2010)
September 8, 2010
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Seattle, WA

Related Works:
   Of Paradise and Light for string orchestra
   Of Paradise and Light for cello ensemble

The work on tonight’s program, Of Paradise and Light, is a world premiere orchestral transcription of Read Thomas’ 2008 setting of e e cummings’ poem, (kiss me), for girls’ chorus. Thomas describes this new version as a work loosely in the tradition of Barber’s Adagio for Strings: one which draws on the subtle and nuanced colors of the Orchestra’s string sections to create a soulful work of reflection, “as though a sliver of paradise and light came down to shine upon a garden of colorful flowers.”

PROGRAM NOTE copyright © Seattle Symphony

  • Ensemble
    New Haven Symphony
    William Boughton
    Nimbus Alliance:
About seven minutes long, this is music at once approachable in its basically tonal idiom and original in its freshly imagined orchestral textures, each string line independent, yet seemingly propelled and enlivened by its companions.
Bernard Jacobson, The Seattle Times,09/09/2010
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