Musicians For Harmony, an organization founded in response to the tragic events of 9/11, asked me to compose a chamber orchestra piece for their September 11, 2006 concert in New York City . I have composed "Harmony" for this remembrance concert. What I wished to do in composing this music was to reveal a more Middle Eastern tonality to my style which is derived from American folk fiddle music. As I become more and more familiar with American music in my own musical journey, I also learn that the music I like so much has many layers. It exposes mystery in its origins when one cares to peel back these layers. It is likely these Middle Eastern cultures play more of a role in American fiddling (and American music in general) than previously thought.
In "Harmony" I use descriptive phrases printed in the score to indicate the temperament and journey of the music. "Reaching Out" begins the piece with its inviting and inquisitive drones. Through out the piece there are several interpretations of the material with canonic and fugal writing. The music of "Harmony" is based on the same material constructed in a slow tempo in the beginning, a moderate tempo in the middle of the piece, and a fast fiddling tempo near the end. With hope in heart and music, I contribute "Harmony" on this painful day of remembrance.
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