LADY DARK

 

YEAR

2012

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Chamber Orchestra:

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DURATION

15 minutes

 

MOVEMENTS

I. Black Beauty

II. Gentle Doom

III. Black Wires

IV. Raven Black

 

RELATED WORKS

Full Orchestra Verison

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

July 31, 2013

Wellesley Composers Conference

Conducted by James Baker

 

RECORDINGS

Momentum 21,

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra;

Kirk Trevor

 

PROGRAM NOTE

Lady Dark takes its title from a set of sonnets (sonnets 127–152) by William Shakespeare that are known as The Dark Lady Sonnets. Unlike Shakespeare’s Fair Youth sonnets, the Dark Lady sonnets are much more sexual and passionate. They are so named The Dark Lady because the poems portray a female figure with black hair and shadowy skin. The work is cast into four continuous movements. Each movement explores the myriad of complex emotions of desire, lust and forbidden love that are expressed in Shakespeare’s sonnets.

 

2014 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition Winner

2014 New Music@ECU Composition Competition, East Carolina University Winner

2014 Red Note New Music Festival Composition Competition Winner

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

October 23, 2014: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kirk Trevor

March 30, 2014: Illinois State University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Block

March 22, 2014: East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Richter

 

 

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