Since the commissioning for the premiere of Vespers is due entirely to the unﬂagging efforts of Joan and Bob from Piffaro, it had been only in the back of my mind where the money came from for all this. Mostly I was worried about composing. And, since the commissioning for the recording of Vespers is due entirely to the unﬂagging efforts of Joan and Bob from Piffaro, it had been only in the back of my mind where the money came from for all this. Mostly I was worried about composing. And, of course, about not repeating myself.
Having applied for grants before, I know how much work it can be. This makes my appreciation for Piffaro even greater. They went to the Philadelphia Music Project and others, who decided to support the premiere. Then PMP together with the Presser Foundation launched the Premiere Recording Program, and for the recording I was fortunate to be included in the very ﬁrst round of grants, along with other groups recording works of Andrea Clearfield, James Primosch, and Bernard Rands. I’m very grateful for all of this support.
(On the press release for the recording grant my name is spelled Kyle, but if I wasn’t used to that by third grade I’d never get used to it. Here’s the scoop: Kyle is Scotch-Irish and means inlet as far as I can tell from looking at maps, and although I have Scotch-Irish (and Polish and English) blood in me from my father’s side, Kile comes from my mother’s side, which is all German, which must’ve spelled it Keil over there, and it means wedge and there’s a hilarious German saying which is something like: to split a bigger stump you need a bigger wedge: which has, you know, always meant a lot to me as I’m sure you can imagine, and besides for Germans that really is a hilarious saying, believe me. So it’s Kile.)
Well, we didn’t know until three weeks before the scheduled recording if the grant application would be approved, but Joan and Bob said they’d re-mortgage their houses to do this if necessary. I think I mumbled, “Uh, yeah, me too,” when they said that, but don’t tell Jackie. Their strong support for the music, and probably the wonderful reviews of the premiere, carried the day with the grants panel (as well as being a continual inspiration to me). So, all our mortgage rates are staying put, and all our bankers lost out on closing costs.
But we did paint our house two years ago, and with new plantings out front it has curb appeal, I think they call it.