The Hand-Prints of Sorcerers

for Orchestra

Robert Maggio

Duration: 00:12:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"The Hand-Prints of Sorcerers" was composed during a summer residency at the MacDowell colony in 1987, and is dedicated to fellow composer Jeffery Cotton, with whom I have traded ghost stories. While writing the piece, I was deeply absorbed in reading M. Scott Peck?s disturbing yet fascinating study of human evil, "The People of the Lie". (What better book to read while isolated in a cabin in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere?!) Shocked and moved by Peck?s vivid accounts of demonic possession and exorcism, I set out to write music that reflected these encounters of spiritual warfare. The title of the piece is drawn from an excerpt from Jorge Teillier?s poem, ?The Exorcisms.?

Additional Information

Composition Date 1987; revised 1992
Orchestration 2(Picc ) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
Premiere 2 March, 1991. Civic Orchestra of Chicago, conducted by Michael Morgan; Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL.