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Sun Chanter was commissioned by the Erie Philharmonic in honor of the Orchestra’s100th Anniversary. It was premiered on November 9, 2013. The musical inspiration for Sun Chanter arose largely from the natural beauty of Pennsylvania’s Preque Isle State Park, in Erie. In particular, the iconic sunsets at Presque Isle became a central image as I composed the piece. The symbol of the sun—around which 100 orbits of the earth have taken place since the founding of the Erie Philharmonic—is contained in one anagram of the title: Sun Chanter = Cent Has Run (Century Has
Transcendental Cakewalk is a dance in the spirit of early twentieth-century American popular music. It is a
projected accompaniment to an opera on the meeting of Mark Twain and Charles Ives (an event which
actually happened). In the opera, Twain (who is examining Ives as to his fitness to be the groom of Harmony
Twichell, Twain’s god-daughter) sits down at the piano, begins playing, and Ives joins in fourhand. The
increasingly rambunctious and joyous music which results is an evocation of the generous and adventurous
spirits of both artists.