Sinfonietta is for full orchestra.
222(in A)2 - 422+bass1 - timp.2perc - strings
Commissioned as part of the Ellen Taafe Zwilich Fellowship for Orchestral Composition.
Order is for a full size score. Parts are available for rent upon request.
When I began conceptualizing this work – during the beginning of my time at Florida State University, I remember my teacher, Ladislav Kubik, instructing me to think deeply about what kind of music I would like to compose for the orchestra. I recall him telling me, “The orchestra is a large force with a large history. You need to look at its history and all the ways people have written for the ensemble and decide where you want your music to fit in that history.” Initially, it seemed like an insurmountable, daunting task even to start this very exciting project. Later that same day, I observed the University Symphony Orchestra rehearsing Bartók’s Piano Concerto no. 3 and immediately knew how I wanted to respond to the great history of the orchestral ensemble.
This is the last work I began with Ladislav Kubik before his unexpected passing, which came just as I was beginning to put notes on the page. It opens with a four note motif (D#, C#, F#, B) presented in the oboe that quickly spreads throughout the woodwind section. The opening motif serves as a musical representation of Ladislav Kubik’s office number—316B—and is my way of honoring him with this work.