Aromas, Colors, and Flavors of Spring
Winter’s finally here, and like many of us right now, Nancy Galbraith has a bit of spring fever. But, unlike the rest of us, hers will be cured on February 18th when the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Indiana, PA) premieres her new band piece Febris Ver (“Spring Fever”). Jason Worzbyt conducts the one-movement, 8-minute work, which was commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
“My studio window looks out over our backyard garden,” Galbraith shares. “It’s where I spend many joyous, peaceful hours once the fall semester is over. I started writing Febris Ver in mid-January last year, just about the time I usually begin staring out the window and longing for spring. As the music began to take form, I eventually realized, to my amusement, that it was a subliminal expression of my burning spring fever. Febris Ver is a variegated post-minimalist landscape that evokes the sensuous essences of spring. The aromas, colors, flavors, and aural delights of Earth’s perennial rebirths are interwoven with chorale-like textures, first introduced by the brass, and then playfully tossed about by the rest of the ensemble.” Febris Ver receives its second hearing on March 2nd at the CBDNA 2012 Eastern Division Conference.
Upcoming Galbraith news: On March 24th & 25th, the Westmoreland Choral Society (Greensburg, PA) premieres Galbraith’s Hodie Christus Natus Est, a four-movement, 15-minute commission for chorus and ensemble. In April, Lyrica Chamber Music (Chatham, NJ) presents its own commissioned work—Four Nature Canticles. Written for female voices and chamber orchestra, the 20-minute work features texts by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and James Joyce.