In 1997, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra approached me with a commission offer. I was told that I was selected from among a pool of ten composers. The commissioners Ruth and John Huss (who are orchestra patrons) chose me to write a work in celebration of their silver wedding anniversary.
I subsequently had a lovely conversation with the Husses. They told me that they chose me because my music reminded them of their wonderful trip to China that they had taken a few years earlier.
So I thought a selection of musical postcards from various places in China would be appropriate for the occasion. Thus, I based each of these four short movements on a folk music style from different regions in China.
Postcards was premiered on 22 January 1998 by Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and is dedicated to Ruth and John Huss.