An Age Will Come
About this work:
Commissioned by Leon Botstein for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in 1991, this work is dedicated to the composer’s parents, Giuseppe, Catherine and Vincent.
The title derives from a quote by Seneca in his book Medea which reads: “An age will come after many years when the Ocean will loose the chain of things, and a huge land lie revealed; when Tethys will disclose new worlds, and Thule no more be the Ultimate.” Columbus’s son annotated this passage in his father’s copy of the book with these words: This prophecy was fulfilled by my father the Admiral in the year 1492.
The richness and majesty of Seneca’s quote is expressed in the spirit of the music, but the music itself is not programmatic. It is tightly organized from an abstract of melodic and rhythmic textures and orchestral color. This material follows its own exploratory logic, veering off in surprising directions in search of music that would not exist in the usual frame of expectation. The sense of hearing music sounding as if it were being composed at that very moment is an attribute that Bertolozzi strives for in all his music.
Though it was indeed commissioned for the 1992 season in connection with the Columbian Quincentennial, it was precluded from being performed by the political nightmare that enveloped the observance of that event, coupled with the orchestra eliminating their Fall chamber series in the summer just prior to the work’s scheduled premiere as they searched for a new music director.
Performed here by SEATTLEMUSIC, Joel Eric Suben, conductor.
Year composed: 1991
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Chamber Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 2 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion (General), 1 Strings (General)
Instrumentation notes: 2fl(I=picc,II=afl), 2ob(II=corA), 2bn(II=dbn), 2tpt(II=flugelhorn)