String orch + solo viola, c. 4’ 30” (2015)
This piece combines “bluesy” chord progressions with Scottish fiddle-inspired melodies, giving the melancholy impression of remembering a dance or a song from a very long time ago. The blue notes of the chord progression were inspired by John Dowland’s Flow My Tears, which also provided the basis for Britten’s Lachrymae, the centerpiece of this program.
Written for Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Chris Gray, and Nicola Boag, viola. Contact me to purchase.