Treasures of the Snow was written for the Bergen Youth Symphony under a grant from the New Jersey Arts Council. Its title and subject are derived from Job 38: 22 - 23:
?Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or has thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble? against the day of battle and war??
The work opens darkly: a mysterious atmosphere is created by the strings, who use circular bowing, and the brass, who use plunger mutes which they gradually open and close. During this opening section the players are given exact pitches but a certain amount of rhythmic freedom, which allows this section to be free of pulsation, contributing the brooding quality. This is followed by a fast section which reintroduces music reminiscent of the opening, but explosive rather than dark and brooding.
The second movement is pretty and lyric, although it, too, climbs to a dramatic climax in the middle. It contains an extended passage for the wind players playing tuned soda bottles.
The last movement is raucous, funny in spots, and rather jazzy. Since I started out life as a jazz musician, it hardly surprises me when my past returns spontaneously.