for String Orchestra (4,4,3,2,1, or larger) 

Composed: 2010 
Total duration: 8′ 
Published by Gavia Music (ASCAP) 

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“Unveiling” written for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sounds. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, weave, and intersect until the tension is finally broken in an unveiling of a tender and fleeting soundscape. The closing section is a reversal of the opening in which the layers of sound gradually recede until only the opening solitary note remains. In this work I return to my Polish heritage and the listener is likely to hear echoes of string writing of such composers as Grażyna Bacewicz, Romuald Twardowski, or Henryk Górecki. Because Polish people seem to be born with the nostalgia gene, here I give voice to unquenched longing and deep brooding.

Past performances:

  • The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Litton, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., June 2022
  • New York City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Litton, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, September and October 2021
  • Knoxville Symphony under the direction of Aram Demirjian, Knoxville, TN at The Bijou Theater, September, 2019
  • Knox-Galesburg Symphony under the direction of Bruce Polay in Galesburg, IL at The Orpheum Theater, February, 2018
  • North/South Consonance under the direction of Max Lifchitz in New York City at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, June 2011 (premiere)
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