Dust Devils (2011, rev. 2014), 10 minutes
Instrumentation: 3-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1; timp + 3 perc; hrp, piano; strings
Premiere: July 30, 2011, Greensboro, NC, Eastern Festival Orchestra, dir. Gerard Schwarz. Commissioned by the Eastern Music Festival for its 50th Anniversary.
European premiere with Staatskapelle Karlsruhe with Mei-Ann Chen conducting, Nov. 2014.
Dust Devils is the journey of emotional swirls in my mind, sometimes calm, but more often than not, full of raw and intense energy. The opening starts quite forcefully and darts back and forth, culminating in a fiery pounding of the timpani, which wanes and brings this section to mere silent breaths in the brass. A slow section ensues, filled with upward cascades of arpeggios that interrupt the ethereal atmosphere. An ominous eerie string section follows leading to a powerful chorale in the brass, which overtakes the music and brings the 10-minute work to an emphatic close.
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