2+1 2 2 2 - 4231- timp + 4- harp - strings
duration c. 12 minutes
mp3's of VERY rough midi realizations below
Symphony No. 2, “Little Leylie”, was written for my daughter, Leyla Michelle Sleeper.
Various themes and motives from my life and hers intersect and play prominently (especially her little lullaby - which I have sung to her from birth).
The work was conceived as an attempt at very concise symphonic thought few closely related ideas lean and distilled. Initially I envisioned (or challenged myself to create) a work in four movements lasting around 4 minutes. Materials have a way of evolving as they need and the work is finally c.12 minutes long with three discernable movements. One of the biggest surprises for me was the unexpected appearance of a quote from the “Faust” movement of my piano concerto (from1987 - almost 20 years prior to her arrival).
The second and third movements have been played in various studied iterations, either for solo piano or orchestra. Some of the themes appear in the films "The Silver Mirror" and “One Water”.
Symphony No. 2, “Little Leylie”, received it’s premiere November 25, 2012 at Bailey Hall in Dania, Florida with the Florida Youth Orchestra.
The First Symphony was permiered by The Meadows Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paul Phillips. It was subsequently recorded and released by Albany records.
Live video of the premiere performance available on YouTube