Concerto for Orchestra #1
About this work:
This composition is written for a large orchestra in three movement.
1. Intricate Paths.
2. Asymmetrical Montage.
Last movement features a soprano voice. The text is an excerpt from the eulogy written and read by my wife Becilia Wong-Komanetsky on the day of my mother's funeral, Kira Komanetskaya, January 29, 2004 at Williams Funeral Home, Bronx, NY.
The text is an excerpt from the eulogy written and read by my wife Becilia Wong-Komanetsky on the day of my mother’s funeral, Kira Komanetskaya, January 29, 2004 at Williams Funeral Home, Bronx, NY.
Text as follows:
She was a beautiful person.
Not only did she have beautiful features, she also had a beautiful soul.
The truth is: her beauty came from within her.
When she walked, grace and elegance would envelope her.
When she spoke, her voice would project gentleness and kindness.
When she smiled, the air around her would be filled with love and warmth.
She always carried herself with dignity and good manners.
She showed great appreciation toward beautiful things and beautiful music.
It was always a pleasant experience for me every time I looked at her and listened to her.
She reminded me of the classic beauties in old movies; of the goddesses in Greek mythology; of characters who are noble, charming, feminine and enchanting.
She possessed many wonderful qualities: that could only be read about in story books and fairy tales.
She was like a bright star whose radiance would light up the night sky.
She was like a nightingale whose lovely song would carry through the forest amid the crickets’ noises.
She was like a glass of good wine whose taste and aroma would enhance the flavor of even a most conventional dish.
Her goodness will be cherished by all who knew her.
She was one of the most precious and beautiful gifts from God to us.
Year composed: 2004
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Orchestra with Soloist(s)
Instrumentation: 1 Piccolo, 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 1 English Horn, 2 Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 4 Horn in F, 3 Trumpet, 2 Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 4 Percussion (General), 1 Celesta, 1 Strings (General), 1 Harp, 1 Soprano
Instrumentation notes: Soprano voice is used for the last movement only.