1(=picc+afl).1.1.1 - 1100 - perc(1): timp/t.bells/SD/susp.cym/glsp/wdbl/bell tree/tgl/tom-t/cyms/BD/tamb - pno - strings (54331 players)
I typically engage in just one concert performance each year, but this particular endeavor marks my debut in the realm of chamber music. While I’ve previously composed two quartets, I never truly categorized them as chamber music, although I acknowledge their technical classification as such. To me, the prospect of orchestrating for a small ensemble is quite intimidating as I find safety in numbers.
When I was asked about instrumentation, with questions like “How many French horns, six or four?,” to which the reply was “One,” I found myself confronting the challenge head-on. It became evident that this piece was going to push me out of my comfort zone.
So, indeed, this experience is truly my inaugural foray into the world of chamber music, and it has proven to be an exhilarating challenge. I’m deeply honored to collaborate with the exceptional talents of the Orpheus Ensemble for this endeavor. Their remarkable skills and wonderful personalities have made this venture not only enjoyable but also highly rewarding. Despite my initial apprehension, they have welcomed me with open arms, for which I am incredibly grateful.
And premiering this work at the Library of Congress at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was a true honor.
© Danny Elfman