Opus 783

Two Dawn Hymns (2008)

for Cello and Piano

  • Spiritual
  • Saltarello

Duration: 9.5 min.

Dedication: for Aaron Kaplan

Commission: Commissioned by Colby Cooman

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Two Dawn Hymns (2008) for cello and piano was written for and is dedicated to cellist Aaron Kaplan. The piece take its starting place from the landscape around my home in New England: the first movement from the quiet of early morning just before sunrise and the second from the gathering ebullience and energy of the starting day, just as the sun appears.

The first movement, Spiritual, uses an original melody that draws upon characteristics of folk songs and spirituals. The cello begins the movement with the melody, which is developed through a series of lyrical excursions.

The second movement, Saltarello, is a moto perpetuo. Ideas from the previous movement are explored in new, dancing combinations.