Turning a Page: Jig and Lullaby
Version for solo instrument and string orchestra. Composed: 2011. Length: 5 minutes. Instrumentation: solo instrument, strings.
Version for chamber orchestra. Composed: 2011. Length: 5 minutes. Instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings.
Note from the composer: I wrote this music as my wife and I were preparing begin a new chapter in our lives with the birth of our son. It represents the joy and love we felt for our little boy. This piece contains two primary melodies: the first is a lively folk dance called a jig, and the second is a gentle song-like lullaby. The piece starts out with a slow introduction that gradually builds in intensity and excitement until the soloist brings in the main “jig” melody. Several variations follow that highlight the soloist. Soon the music become gentler and the soloist “sings” a tender lullaby. Finally, the jig returns—livelier than before—and both the orchestra and the soloist are given the chance to shine before the exciting conclusion.