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Symphonyp39Happy to report that my Symphony will be performed by the Abington Symphony Orchestra on November 8th, 2013 in Abington, Pa. 8 pm. John Sall is the Music Director. Commissioned by the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, it premiered in 2002.

The full title is Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem, which comes from the Song of Simeon in Luke, chapter 2, “Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel,” (“A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel”). It’s a meditation on the day of The Presentation of Our Lord, a festival close to the dates of the premiere.

I “set” this text in the first movement (instruments only—there’s no singing), and portions of Psalm 84 (the Psalm for the day) in movements two (“Even the sparrow has found a home”) and three (“The Lord God is a sun and shield”). The work is for a classical orchestra with one quite active (in the third movement) percussionist. The opening of that last movement is the theme music for Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection. Because I knew you were wondering about that.

The full program notes, a recording, and the full score are linked on this page. I like what the reviewer of the premier wrote: “at once appealing and challenging… the work passed my test for something new: I’d love to hear it again.”

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