for Orchestra

James Primosch

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 15:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

When David Alan Miller invited me to compose a new work for the Albany Symphony, he asked me to consider writing a piece inspired by the paintings of the Hudson River School, the so-called Luminist painters. As I got to know the work of such painters as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, and others, I took pleasure in their intense and sumptuous effects of light as it illuminates varied landscapes. I noticed how these painters explored the light of different times of day – dawn, moonlight, day, sunset. My work does not reflect on specific paintings, but is a meditation on the various forms of light throughout the day, as conveyed in Luminist painting. The piece is framed by passages that suggest the absence of light: I needed night to make day glow more intensely.
--James Primosch

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Albany Symphony, with assistance from Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program
Composition Date 2010
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
Premiere 22nd May, 2010. Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller; EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

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