Lilia Polka for String Orchestra

Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote Lilia Polka for her daughter to play on the piano which was published by H. H. Rollman in St. Louis, Missouri. Polkas were quite popular in the German and German American communities in St. Louis in 1899. Lilia Polka is a lively, spirited...

Demarest Suite for String Orchestra

Echoes of Our Youth begins the suite with lush sonorities and bold statements. Its range of emotions such as insecurity, joy, and nostalgia, are all feelings associated with childhood.  Echoes is loosely based on the duet that Marie and Emil sing to each other in the...

Two Songs from the Sacred Harp for String Orchestra

Barbara Harbach has always been fascinated with early American hymn tunes and has set many of them throughout her compositions.  The first movement, I. The Morning Trumpet is based on the melody, “The Morning Trumpet,” 1844, composed by Benjamin Franklin White (1800...

In Memoriam: Turn Round O My Soul, to Your Rest

In Memoriam: Turn Round, O My Soul, To Your Rest is a eulogy and elegy remembering the friends and loves that have passed through our lives.  Strings evoke the feelings that words cannot express – sadness, beauty, mournfulness, grief, sorrow, and nobleness.  The...

Nights in Timisoara for String Orchestra

Nights in Timisoara for String Orchestra evokes the essence of the Romanian people in the eastern city of Timisoara. Over the years many cultures have influenced and left their mark in the neighborhoods throughout the city even to the present time.  Nights in...