Violin solo, chamber orchestra 1-(Picc)-1 (E.H.)-1 (Bass Clar)-1 (CBsn), 1-1-1-0, Percussion (1 or 2 players), piano (doubles on harpsichord & celesta), strings.
Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson for solo violin and chamber
orchestra is built on references to, and associations with, the figure of
Thomas Jefferson. It is dedicated to violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who
first stimulated my interest in Jefferson’s musical connections. In composing
the work, I focused on four specific links to Jefferson.
(a) The formal structure, in five connected movements, is
meant to reflect Jeffersonian architecture: the symmetrical balancing of components
on either side of a central structure. Thus the middle (third) movement is
balanced on either side, with movements I-V,
and II-IV, of identical durations.
(b) The piece makes use of motives based on musical spellings,
using the letters A through G plus the German H and S and solfege syllables.
The most prominent motive of this type is based on the pitches THOMAS EFFERSO.
There are musical spellings of many other names as well – including that of
violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved.
$41.50 conductor's score