fl(=picc).ob(=ca).cl(=bcl).bsn.ssax.asax.tsax.bsax - hn.tpt (straight metal mute, harmon mute).btrbn (straight metal mute) - perc(1 or 2): vib/glsp/crot (one 8ve)/chimes/cast/susp.cym/wind chimes/bongos (on stand)/tgl/claves/guiro/mcas/vibraslap/wdbl (very large, large, medium)/tamb/kick BD - pno - db
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Labyrinth of Love (2013) for soprano and large chamber ensemble was commissioned by Present Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and the Rambert Dance Company, London, United Kingdom and University of Miami Frost School of Music. The world premiere performance of the orchestral version was given by Present Music, conducted by Kevin Stalheim, with Jennifer Goltz, soprano, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 15, 2012. The first European performance of the orchestral version was given by the Rambert Dance Company, Paul Hoskins, music director, with Marguerite Donlon, choreographer, in Manchester, United Kingdom, on October 10, 2012. The world premiere performance of the wind version was given by the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gary D. Green, with Hila Plitmann, soprano, in Coral Gables, Florida, October 6, 2013.
Labyrinth of Love is inspired by the love poetry and prose by eight women: Sappho (612 BC–570 BC; Greek), Lady Mary Wroth (1587–1653; British), Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651–1695; Mexican), Mary Shelley (1797–1851; British) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861; British), Emily Dickinson (1830–1886; American), Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011; American), and Anne Carson (b. 1950; Canadian). The texts I have selected, and the musical landscape I have created, is full of bitterness, desire, longing, ecstasy, irony, tenderness, despair, hope, sadness and humor.