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And all the trees of the field will clap their hands

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And all the trees of the field will clap their hands

AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD WILL CLAP THEIR HANDS (2013)

chamber orchestra
2222/2200/timp/1perc/strings
duration 11:00

Isaiah 55: 10-12

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     As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
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     so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
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     You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

PERFORMANCES

premiere: Uppsala kammarorkester (Uppsala, Sweden), March 13 2014
other performances: Uppsala kammarorkester, May 8 2014; Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra (Estonia) May 2014
radio broadcast: Sveriges Radio P2 (3/13/14, 4/23/14)
winner of the 2014 Uppsala Tonsättartävling

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Hyperborea

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Hyperborea

HYPERBOREA (2011)

orchestra
3333/4331/timp/3perc/hp/strings
duration 10:30

"Never the muse is absent from their ways:
lyres clash and flutes cry and everywhere maiden choruses whirling. Neither disease nor bitter old age is mixed in their sacred blood: far from labor and battle they live.
...But whatsoever splendors we mortals may reach,
...neither by ship nor on foot would you find the marvelous road to Hyperborea."

-Pindar, from the 10th Pythian ode

The ancient Greeks believed that a blessed realm, Hyperborea, existed in the far North beyond the reach of the north wind.

Hyperborea (2011), commissioned by the St. Olaf Orchestra, is a musical and spiritual journey inspired by the horizons of the far North, especially my home near Sweden's Baltic Coast.

PERFORMANCES & AWARDS

commissioned by the St. Olaf Orchestra
premiere: St. Olaf Orchestra 2011 fall tour, October 12-21 2011
2014 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for best orchestral score
2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, honorable mention
2014 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute selected work

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