Orchestra: picc,2222 4231 timp 2perc harp strings
Premiere: Arizona State University Symphony
Tempe, AZ, 1983
Eugene Lombardi, Conductor
April 30, 1986
Franco Collura, Conductor
[Withdrawn, replaced by The Night Sea]
Composer Notes: Although I loved individual passages in this work, I wasn’t completely satisfied with its dramatic shape and flow. My misgivings increased as I gained experience composing operas and learned to use multiple sketches to shape and reshape structures.
In subsequent years I occasionally sketched possible ways to rework the structure and textures of this work. In 2013 I looked at the original score and my interim sketches, thought of all of these as rough drafts, and used the ones I liked best to create a new work. This long development process resulted in The Night Sea.