Rising on the Wings of Dawn: Viola

Instrumentation: Solo viola
Duration: 7:00
Premiere: Violist Ayn Balija
Old Cabell Auditorium
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Program Note:
Rising on the Wings of Dawn is an image drawn from Psalm 139. I have been partial to this psalm for a long time, and previously created another piece inspired by it for soprano and organ called And Night Will Shines as Day. It seemed especially apt while the covid pandemic was raging and we were in a time of great sorrow to return to these comforting images of the intimacy and ubiquity of God.

The structure of Rising on the Wings of Dawn rises from the low to high across the strings and from low pitches to harmonics. The overtone series itself creates a magical vibration while individual harmonics create a glowing shimmer. Originally scored for solo violin, this version was composed for violist Ayn Balija and premiered on March 27, 2022, in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

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