for Orchestra

William Schuman

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Voyage for Orchestra" was completed December 6, 1971, but actually it grew from another work composed in the early fifties. Sigma Alpha Iota, the national music sorority, had commissioned me to compose piano music for its golden anniversary celebration. When my task was completed, I had five pieces which I realized formed a cycle because of the recurrent use of some of the same musical materials. And when I attempted to view the music objectively, it seemed to me dramatic in its nature and needing a ?programmatic? title rather than an abstraction such as sonata or suite. But I could not progress beyond the theory, and no satisfactory title came to mind.

It then occurred to me that the fertile mind of America?s great dancer, Martha Graham, would be a logical source to tap. I had had the privilege of composing music for her and we had become warm friends. When Miss Graham heard the pieces, she readily agreed to supply a title and requested that the music be made available to her for a new work. The Graham premi

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Additional Information

Commission Commission Information: Eastman School of Music
Composition Date 1972
Duration 00:25:00
Orchestration 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
Premiere October 27, 1972, Eastman Philharmonic, Gustav Meier, conductor