Rising on the Wings of Dawn: Violin

Instrumentation: Solo Violin
Duration: 7:00
Premiere: 2/24/2022
Violinist Wanchi
Recital Hall of the Forbes Performing Arts Center
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

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Rising on the Wings of Dawn is an image drawn from Psalm 139.  I had been partial to this Psalm for some time and previously set verses from it for soprano and organ in a piece called And Night Will Shine 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 embodies a rising shape in its melodic design and in the prominence of harmonics. The overtone series itself shimmers, and the individual harmonics glow. I collaborated with violinist Wendy Case in exploring various timbral shadings during the compositional process and she recorded it on the album The Tiger and the Clover. I experimented further with violinist Wanchi, who gave the world premiere on her recital at the Forbes Performing Arts Center in Harrisonburg, VA on 2/24/2022.–JS

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