Lost City for Sinfonietta

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass

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Performance History: This work premiered as separate movements on April 28th, 2019, December 3, 2019 and March 3, 2020 at the Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall in New Brunswick, New Jersey, by Helix! New Music Ensemble, Kynan Johns and Brent Chancellor, cond.

Anna Eberly, Adrienne Baker, flute; Wyatt Beekman, oboe; Jonathan Cosme Sanchez, Sarah Butler clarinet; Zachary Feingold, Ethan Melamed bassoon; Sada Harris, horn; Henry Whitaker, trumpet; Joseph Poole, Steffin Medina, trombone; Dmitri Korneev, piano; Elly Toyoda, Namhoon Kim, Yong-En Huang, Alec Tonno, John Weizenecker, violins; Oh Hyun Kwon, viola; Sarah Bish, Juhyeon Kim, cello; Kyle Colina, Janlin Li, Dylan Rader, basse; Daniel Monte, Jennifer Cho, Claire McCarthy, percussion.

Duration: 15 minutes

Program Note: Throughout the world, there have been civilizations that have been lost due to natural disasters, economic or social upheaval or war. Sometimes, so much time passes that we are unsure if some of these places ever existed. What were the people like? How did they live and what did they believe? This work is an attempt to re-discover and experience these civilizations and their downfall in a broad, musical snap-shot. In a narrative sense, it is a way of getting as close to myth as we can while allowing sound-images to conjure moods, atmospheres and ancient structures in the hope that we can come to an understanding. After all, perhaps one day ours will be Lost City.