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A Composer's Tale

Five miniature tableaux depicting the all-too-brief career of a young artist

A Composer's Tale was written for a concert that included Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale and selections from Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale.  It is my homage to the music of Stravinsky.  It is also a tongue-in-cheek look at the career path of a naive young composer.  Each movement’s title is self-explanatory:

  1. Moment of inspiration - a musical idea appears to our hero. 

  2. Hours of frenzy, days of drudgery - our hero frantically works with the musical idea.

  3. Dreams of fame, fortune and immortality - our hero sets down the pen to contemplate the future.

  4. Premier - reality hits.

  5. Rejection...which results in years of bitterness and despondency (in other words, time for a waltz, tango and a slow march!) - our hero reflects upon his/her current situation, asking if Hope will ever Spring Eternal.

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