For symphonic orchestra
Completed January, 2017
I have always been interested in the way music can create vivid imagery. A seemingly endless spectrum of visualizations and colors can be created in music through different combinations of harmony, melody, and orchestration. These perceived images are completely subjective and personal to each listener.
A tapestry is an ornate woven textile created on a loom. In this piece, several musical elements are meant to convey parts of a tapestry: a recurring melody unifies the piece, occasionally appearing in fragments or in the background. Harmony is
rooted in a stable major key, but at times it reaches out to different areas or blurs itself with more dense yet reflective chords. The different choirs of instruments can create many mixtures of colors, with the strings providing stability and unity throughout the piece. A process of manipulation of these musical elements weaves a unique image for each listener.
At it’s heart, Tapestry is a tone poem meant to portray the fine detail and continuous flow in woven textile art.
-Program note by Parker Fritz
2 Clarinets in A
4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
Percussion (suspended cymbal and glockenspiel)
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