Glacies (2013)

for chamber orchestra (2-2-2-2), (2-1-1-0), piano, 2 percussionists, strings
ca 9 mins

commissioned by Mikko Utevsky, for the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra 2013

Premiere: August 9th, 2013 by Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra; Mikko Utevsky, conductor; Madison WI

Glacies is an orchestral tone-poem that is commissioned by Mikko Utevsky, written for the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO). Mikko, founder of MAYCO, was a former composition student of mine, studying counterpoint and harmony with the support of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), and I’m glad to compose a piece for his wonderful ensemble.Glacies is the Latin word for ice, signifying my original inspiration for the work. As a Madisonite living near the lake for the past 5 years, I have become fascinated by the serene mystery of morning mist rising from the large frozen body of water, as well as the first spring day when the ice breaks–which sometimes can become an exciting and violent event known as an ice quakeGlacies does not attempt to tell a narrative; rather, I try to convey an impression of it through various sound and color of the orchestra.

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