Now Your Colors Sing

for Double String Orchestra

Gerald Levinson

Performing Ensemble: String Orchestra
Duration: 14:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

This work was written for Orchestra 2001 and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. In keeping with the Festival?s theme of French culture it is dedicated to the memory of the composer Olivier Messiaen (1908?1992) and the pianist Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen (1924?2010), two people who were dear to me, and who were of course hugely important to the world of music as great artists and teachers. I wish to celebrate their visionary and vibrant artistic partnership, in which Loriod was not only the brilliant and sensitive dedicatee and first exponent of much of Messiaen?s music, but also his muse, whose fiercely intelligent, fearless approach (she was trained as a composer) stimulated his most radical explorations into new musical territory. The resulting enormous expansion of his musical thought and vocabulary in turn formed a crucial influence on younger generations of composers, whom Loriod championed as well.

The title quotes a remark by the Russian painter Leon Bakst (a leading artist in the circle of Diaghilev?s Ballets Russes, closely involved in the creation of such seminal works as The Firebird and Daphnis et Chlo

Additional Information

Commission For Orchestra 2001 and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
Composition Date 2011
Orchestration Double String Orch.(Note: The work may be performed by 24 solo strings or by larger string orchestras.)
Premiere April 8 and May 1, 2011. Orchestra 2001, James Freeman, conductor; Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

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