POSTCARDS FROM LARAMIE: Concertino for Flute and Strings

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POSTCARDS FROM LARAMIE: Concertino for Flute and Strings

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solo flute, strings
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Postcards from Laramie is a recomposition of incidental music I wrote for a 2009 production of Moises Kaufmann’s play The Laramie Project. The piece is in five interconnected movements, entitled Wyoming, The Fence, A Parent’s Concern, Media Frenzy, and Hope. Though clearly topical, it deals less with the specifics of the Matthew Shepard affair and more generally with ideas of memory, place, and the immediate juxtaposition of the intimate and spacious. While each of the original cues was meant to evoke a place, character, or emotion, none of the music heard here is strictly programmatic. The result is a de-contextualized, abstracted work that I hope stands on its own, somewhat apart from its dramatic source.
The work is dedicated to my dear friend and mentor George Buckbee, who commissioned the original version for the St. John’s Chamber Orchestra Festival in Stockton, CA. The work underwent significant revisions in 2018. Funding for the composition of Postcards from Laramie came from a University of Hartford graduate research grant.

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Text Language - Non English

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solo instrument(s) featured+ens 3 to 6 players
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flute

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