sinfonietta [1111 1110 2pc pno 11111] (about 9 minutes)
Opaque Shadows (1999) was composed in the fall of 1999, and is one of the last works that I wrote during my doctoral studies at Cornell University. In this piece, I strove to compose a fast, furious, and exciting work, punctuated with energetic flourishes that would allow each instrumental part an opportunity to demonstrate its natural technical agility. The work consists of an alternation between thunderous whirlwind textures and more subdued and blurred sections with subtle shadings. It was written for the Festival Chamber Orchestra, Cornell University. It's first performance was on April 9, 2000, and was made possible by the Sidney T. Cox Fund for Contemporary Music.
Score and parts available for purchase from J.W. Pepper.
Recording available from Amazon or iTunes.