STACY GARROP
And All Time
(2016)

For Chamber Ensemble – Fl. Ob. Cl. Hn. Bsn. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
Duration: 13′
Commission: Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Fifth House Ensemble.
Premiere: March 24, 2017. Fifth House Ensemble; Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
Text: from “The Bells” (Edgar Allan Poe)
“Time Is” (Henry van Dyke)
from “On Time” (John Milton)
from “Poem of Joys” (Walt Whitman)
Program Note:
I devised the idea of a piece on time when I found several texts all dealing with time from various points-of-view. These four poems work very well together: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells addresses the delight of the universe spinning in rhythmical time; Henry van Dyke’s Time Is comments on how we experience the slow or swift passage of time based on various states of emotion; John Milton’s On Time accuses time of being greedy, stealing time from man’s lives; and Walt Whitman’s Poem of Joys celebrates the joy of time, both now and always, as well as throughout the universe. I arranged these four texts in this specific order to craft a narrative that moves through delight, sadness, anger, and finally joy. I carry out the idea of time through the tempo of the works – all but one tempo indication are derived from a musical beat lasting one second (i.e. the speed of the quarter note is sixty beats per minute). The performers double as the narrators of the poems throughout the piece.

–S.G.
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GERALD LEVINSON
…because it is winter everywhere…
(2016)

For Alto Flute, Viola, Cello, and Contrabass
Duration: 10′
Commission: Commissioned by the Network for New Music, Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, artistic director, for the “Poetry Through Music” project.
Premiere: February 26, 2017. Network for New Music; Presser Hall, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA.
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JAMES MATHESON
Unchained
(2016)

For Orchestra
3(2nd dbl. A.Fl.; 3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(2nd dbl. Eb Cl.) 3(3=CBsn) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1;
Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(dbl. Cel.) Hp. Str.
Duration: 11′-12′
Commission: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director.
Premiere: February 24, 25, and 26, 2017. Los Angeles Philharmonic, James Gaffigan, conductor; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA.
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