Shadows and Echoes of Summer

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Commissioned by Catholic University, this piece is a single movement Serenade for solo harp, double woodwind quintet, brass quartet and double bass. I composed the work as a more introverted “shadow” or “echo” of a previous work of mine, Dreams within Dreams, written for percussion with the same accompanying instruments. The extra-musical sparks that ignited my imagination in the present work were shadows and echoes, and particularly shadows of summery things such as roses. I was interested in the parallels between shadows and echoes and the way in which both of these images in turn generate memories. And then again, I was interested in the way a memory can be a type of echo or shadow or remembrance. The bell-like resonances that echo throughout the work are attempts to capture that unique luminosity characteristic of summer evenings and the memories of all such evenings that are superimposed upon the present.

Shadows and Echoes of Summer was jointly commissioned by Catholic University and Franklin and Marshall College, and composed during the early summer months of 1990 in Lancaster, PA.

Selected Performances of Shadows and Echoes of Summer

Premiere: February 23, 1991, Felicia Coppa, harp, and F&M Chamber Winds, Brian Norcross, Director, Miller Recital Hall, F&M College, Lancaster, PA.

January 27, 1996, Felicia Coppa, harp, and F&M Chamber Winds, Brian Norcross, Director, Miller Recital Hall, F&M College, Lancaster, PA.

© John Carbon 2015