Then Something Happened

(A Languid Dance)

Daniel Asia

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Then Something Happened was written in the spring of 1999. The work, subtitled ?a languid dance?, is for the most part, rather gentle in nature, emphasizing the gentle alternation of sixteenth and eighth notes. It might best be thought of as a hybrid dance, one that combines a gentle swaying motion, with a hint of the exotic; perhaps a Tucsonan samba. Most of the musical activity originates in the winds, brass, and percussion. The general calm of the musical texture is torn asunder by a climax towards the end of the piece, but all is put aright and correctly again in no time, and the work ends close to where it began, but punctuated with a question mark.

For those who take interest in knowing the origination of titles, this one is close to that of a book by Joseph Heller. The story line is intensely personal, but one that also contains more universal implications. While the intersection of the musical and literary landscapes may be somewhat tangential, it seemed real enough to me to suggest the usage of a close version of the title.

The work is dedicated to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and its music director George Hanson, who commissioned the work for the 1999-2000 season.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Tucson Symphony Orchesta, George Hanson, Music Director
Composition Date 1999
Duration 00:05:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere 23rd, 24th September, 1999. Tucson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by George Hanson

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