In this compositional milestone, Williams captures the melodious song of the skylark – an increasingly rare sound in its natural habitat as the species’ population declines. The chirruping solo violin line dips and soars, singing out amongst melodies indebted to English folksong.
Another landmark composition grounded firmly in the Earth, Copland’s Appalachian Spring is one of those pieces that speaks directly to the soul. Layers of slow-moving harmony emerge, bright and warm, like sun burning through a morning mist. The simplicity of this music is deceptive, as Copland unfurls a striking range of emotion from a simple sonic palette.
Composed over 60 years later, yet conveying that same sense of wonder at the vastness of the natural world, Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic is a musical postcard and a tribute to the majesty of America’s national parks. Glassy and tranquil, String Lake conjures up the serenity of glittering reflections on the water’s surface.
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This concert will last for one hour (with no interval).