Instrumentation: Flute/Alto Flute, Oboe/English Horn, Mandolin, Guitar, Violin, and Cello
Also available for: Flute/Alto Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Availability: Downloadable PDFs (Score & Individual Parts)
Written for the Cygnus Ensemble
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First Praise was inspired by a William Carlos Williams poem of the same name. The poem includes evocative phrases “dusk-wood fastnesses”, a “crisp splintering leaf-tread”, and “rivers strewn with stones”, creating a set of vivid nature vignettes. This music represents an attempt to capture some of the distinct imagery and sensual sounds of that text. The composition exists in two forms: one for Pierrot Ensemble and one for flute, oboe, violin, cello, mandolin, and guitar (the instrumentation of the Cygnus Ensemble for whom the piece was originally written).