2+pic,2+Eh,2+bscl,2+cbsn; 4,3,2+bstbn,1; timp, perc(4), hp, strings
Composer's note: Dusk, for large orchestra, is the middle movement of a
projected three-movement piece. It was chosen as one of the works to be read by
the Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano, Music Director) during its annual Under Construction series. The reading
took place on April 27, 2003 at St. John’s Church, Berkeley with George Thomson
Part of the composer's Schuman Trilogy, Figments & Fragments is an orchestral fantasy, often performed as a stand-alone piece.
Based on the enigmatic figure of Robert Schumann – a
brilliantly gifted composer and writer who ascended to the pinnacle of
the music world, only to end his days in an insane asylum. The work
starts with a favorite form of Schumann’s – a set of linked character
pieces –gradually allowing the cracks between the pieces to expand and
overwhelm the narrative. The piece ends with chilling evocation of the
composer’s final paralysis.
It was a consortium commission for the Robert Schumann Bicentennial by the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Boise Philharmonic, the
University of Utah, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Mansfield Symphony.