for String Orchestra

Daniel Dorff

Performing Ensemble: String Orchestra
Duration: 5:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

I spent the summer of 1977 in Hollywood as a summer apprentice at United Artists Records, very far removed from the composition department of Cornell University where I was an undergraduate at the time. During this internship, I not only reviewed unsolicited tapes of rock bands, but I also alphabetized files for every department of the company, learning the basics of each part of the company as I spent time in each office.

Although fascinated by this little peek into the pop music industry, I missed being around classical music and was fortunate that the nearby Santa Monica Civic Symphony needed a 3rd Horn badly enough to let me sit in on Alto Saxophone for the summer. I was also fortunate that music director Frank Fetta generously offered me a reading session of anything I composed during my brief stay. Unlike most volunteer orchestras, the strings were notably better than the winds, so I decided to write a string piece. Inspired by the many performances I'd heard of Barber's "Adagio for Strings" that were very moving for the first few minutes, then uncomfortable at the high-position climax, I wrote a slow introspective work that could be played well by student and volunteer ensembles.

The first performance of "Lamentations" was as a string quartet at my senior recital at Cornell in April 1978. The first full string orchestra performance was by the Transylvania Youth Orchestra at the Brevard Music Center in August 1978, conducted by Mario Mancinelli. The first professional performance was by the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia conducted by Marc Mostovoy on February 4, 1985.

Scores & Parts

Lamentations - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Composition Date 1977
Orchestration Str.
Premiere August, 1978. Transylvania Youth Orchestra at the Brevard Music Center, conducted by Mario Mancinelli.

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