Shawkemo Dreaming (2009)
for String Orchestra
Duration: 5.25 min.
Dedication: for Robert Moran
Commission: Commissioned for the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Publisher: Musik Fabrik
Shawkemo Dreaming (2009) for string orchestra is dedicated to Robert Moran. The title refers to Shawkemo, a region of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. This work is one of a variety of pieces deeply connected to the landscape of Nantucket.
Overlooking the harbor and conservation preserves, Shawkemo imparts a sense of peace, amidst gentle wind and sky. The work begins with bell-like tolling through which a freely lyrical melody is unfolded. This melodic material is developed, building to small climaxes, before the work settles into a reposed conclusion.