O'Connor, Mark - American Seasons for Violin and String Orchestra - 2nd Violins - Digital Download
O'Connor, Mark - American Seasons for Violin and String Orchestra - 2nd Violins - Digital Download
O'Connor, Mark - American Seasons for Violin and String Orchestra - 2nd Violins - Digital Download

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O'Connor, Mark - American Seasons for Violin and String Orchestra - 2nd Violins - Digital Download

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"The American Seasons" (Seasons Of An American Life) is a concerto for Violin And Chamber Orchestra. Composed in 1999, the music celebrates the various stages of an American life at the waking of the 21st century. Constructed in four movements and representing four stages of life, birth, adolescence, maturity and old age, the music also pays homage to Shakespeare's Season's Of Man "His acts being seven ages", incorporated throughout the  work.

"Spring" introduces the ideas of birth and infancy. After the principal theme has been stated, there is a violin cadenza encountering all twelve major keys and a 13/8 time signature representing the ancient golden ratio. These elements recall birth with all the possibilities a new life offers. Ending the movement, the principal theme is repeated with more complexity... as if posing life's questions.

"Summer" represents the excitement and bravado of youthful adolescence and young adulthood. For the style of this movement I use a happy-go-lucky Blues voice which melds into Swing. I identify swing rhythm in all of 20th century American music culture as a common thread that runs though Ragtime through Rock and Roll on to Rap. Swing means testing the waters and pushing the envelope for lovers and soldiers.

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