Glyph – Chamber Orchestra Version (consolidated with other version)

Excerpt: “Luminous”

Instrumentation: Solo viola, string orchestra, piano
Duration: 18:00
Premiere: 3/1/15
Violist Emily Onderdonk, Conductor Barbara Day Turner, San Jose Chamber Orchestra
Trianon Theatre, San Jose, CA

Program Note:
Glyph, for solo viola, string orchestra, and piano, is an orchestrated version of the original, scored for solo viola, string quartet, and piano. A glyph is a figure carved in relief, and the title refers to the creative process of composition, the carving of sound in relief through time and on oneself. The four movements are titled Luminous, Flickering, Ecstatic, and Incandescent, all aspects of light. They refer to the shifting relationships that color the interactions of the solo viola, quartet and piano. The work is a mini-concerto, with a supportive rather than adversarial relationship between the solo viola and the other instruments. A lyrical opening movement is followed by a piquant second movement, an atmospheric third and a driving finale. The original version of Glyph was commissioned and premiered by violist Rosemary Glyde, to whom it is dedicated. I composed it during my first residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.–JS

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