solo violin (digitally delayed), Fl, picc., Ob., Eb Cl., Bb Cl. Bssn, 2 Hns., C Trpt., Euph. (Tbn), Tuba, 3 perc., Celesta, Hp, Strings
Lehigh University Philharmonic with Diane Monroe, solo violin
Steven Sametz, conductor
Lehigh University Philharmonic, Steven Sametz, guest conductor
Be/dazzled , concertino for Electric Violin and Chamber Orchestra draws its inspiration from the first line of a choral work I composed for The Princeton Singers in 2005, Musicae animae. The text of that work is a paraphrase of the second Logion (sayings attributed to Christ) from the Gospel according to Thomas: Let him seek and cease not ’til he finds, and when he finds he will be troubled, and when he has been troubled, he shall marvel; and he will reign over the All. The idea of seeking and journeying through troubles or confusion to arrive at understanding is something we can all relate to. In writing a work for orchestra, I wanted to use that idea of the solo violinist as the seeker. The opening cadenza has a searching quality which is developed in a dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra. The ending moves towards the idea of the title: that there is an opening into dazzling brilliance and understanding of the All.