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Lyric Sketches had its genesis in a suggestion from the composer's son, Michael, to arrange my Songs of Mystic Jade for his quartet, Locana.
This cycle of structurally-related songs with the inclusion of Anthem to the Dawn and The Babbling Brook became a suite of eight pieces. The suite begins with Anthem to the Dawn inspired by a poem the composer's wife, Rae, wrote a number of years ago. The grandioso section of the final movement, Motion, posed a problem in orchestrating the rolling arpeggios with sustaining pedal of the original piano part. I acknowledge Michael's suggested solution which helped to retain a similar effect within the limitation of the four instruments.
For "Locana," son Michael's quartet
In eight movements:
- Anthem to the Dawn
- Return of Spring
- Set Free
- The Bamboo Flute
- Tranquil Repose
- The Babbling Brook