Orchestra: 2222; 4220; timp, 1perc; strings
“moving...long-haunting”—Paul Sweitzer, Flagstaff Sun, February 21, 1985 (written of Cortège, the first version of this work)
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(The following audio demo is a digital realization using instruments from the Vienna Symphonic Library.)
I sing of Times trans-shifting; and I write
How Roses first came Red, and Lillies White.
In 2007, not long after my father passed away, I began thinking about an orchestral work titled Cortège that had been premiered by the Flagstaff Symphony in 1985. When I opened that score again, I found myself spontaneously reimagining it, mentally hearing the music differently from what was written on the page.
A review of the premiere of Cortège had described it as “moving” and “long-haunting,” yet I was rehearing it as an even more intensely passionate work. Trusting my gut, I treated the earlier score as a sketch and reworked it measure by measure from beginning to end. (See Pursuing Eloquence.) Besides hundreds of changes of detail, I cut a middle section and extended the ending section. The change of title reflects the reimagined music’s changed significance for me.