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Apr192016

How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

I am currently immersed in composing a new violin concerto for violin and chamber orchestra with winds. Entitled "How Did it Get So Late So Soon?" it is a musing on time folding back on itself, in homage of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, whose wildly creative illustrations and texts inspired the melodic shapes and satirical overtones of the work.

This twenty-minute concerto is the latest in a series of works exploring non-linear perception and connection. Earlier such compositions include "The Space Between Us" for eight strings, Trimpin percussion and radiodrum (2011); "Quiet Places," for string quartet (1996); and "Dybbuk," for chamber ensemble (1980).

It is being premiered on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Tytuvenai Festival, Lithuania. Karen Bentley Pollick, violin; Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Robertas Šervenikas, conductor.

It is subsequently being performed (in slightly different orchestration) by Karen Bentley Pollick and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor.

The title is taken from this short poem by Dr. Seuss:

“How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”