for String Orchestra
Threnody for strings is an orchestration of the third movement of my String Quartet "Delphiniums". This movement of the quartet quickly became my pride and joy of the quartet after it was so well received by my colleagues. This reception inspired me to orchestrate this movement into a piece for string orchestra. Since, Threnody has received multiple performances each moving audiences with its luscious melodies and melancholy cadences. One of the most interesting aspects of this composition is its use of the golden section. I made a concerted effort to make the climax occur at the golden section of the piece. A mathematical puzzle, I created the climax at the golden section of the piece not only in regards to time, but also measures, and even to the individual beat.
This work was premiered in July 2015 with Victor Huls as the conductor during the All Saints Music Series: "Music through the Ages." An additional performance of this work was made given in October 2015 in Michigan by the Ann Arbor Camerata, again under the direction of Victor Huls.
Instrumentation: String Orchestra (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Duration: About 6 minutes