CURRENTS AND CROSS CURRENTS
Composed: 1988 (revised 1991)
Premiere: Saint Louis Symphony, David Loebel, conductor, Kirksville, MO, 2/15/89
Premiere: revised version, Julliard Sym., Christopher Kendall, cond., Alice Tully Hall, New York, 1/31/92
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 3(2nd Afl., 3rd Picc)3 (E.H.)2 B.Cl 2 Cbsn; 4331; timp., 3 perc., hp., strings
Currents and Cross Currents is the second movement of the orchestral work, Third from the Sun. Modern man's life rhythms superimposed over the earth's natural rhythms inspired the form of the second movement. Seldom converging, forces like human time as opposed to geological time and man's technical knowledge in contrast to primal instincts and perceptions, seem to go forward on two separate levels unaware of the other. Similarly here, two musical ideas progress side by side, although independently, in separate, overlaid forms. A repeated note motive and rhythmic complexities inspired the use of the Fibonacci number series in sections of this work.