Rhapsody for Orchestra
Composed: 2009 (revised 2014)
Commission: Detroit Symphony Orchestra in honor of Elaine Lebenbom
Premiere: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, January 9, 2009
Premiere of new first movement: Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, January 28, 2015
Duration: 16 minutes
Instrumentation: 3 (3rd dbl. picc), 2, EH, 3 (3rd dbl. bscl), 2, Cbsn; 432 BsTbn, 1; Timp. 3 Perc. Harp, Strings
I. Prologue (2014)
II. Airs and Rhapsodies
Rhapsody for Orchestra was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in honor of Elaine Lebenbom. In the style of a concerto for orchestra, it features principal players, sections, and the entire orchestra in a soloistic way. I love the orchestra - its beauty, power and excitement. It has an unparalleled ability to produce a vast array of sounds and beautiful melodies in many different colors. My intention when writing this work was to let the orchestra shine, to show off a bit in different ways - with beautiful melodies, with bravura, with passion, with powerful sound and with electric rhythms.
This work is dedicated to composer Donald Erb who recently passed away. I think composing his music helped him to come to grips with the experiences that occurred in his world. By the same token, in my music I am trying to make sense of the complex world that I inhabit as a person living in the 21st century.
"Rhapsody proved to be a compact, cleverly scored concerto for orchestra…latent with romanticism but rippled." - Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press