The Isle of Eriska is a work for large orchestra inspired by a small, magical island off the West Coast of Scotland, where I recently journeyed as part of a three-week holiday to the British Isles. Without being too programmatic in my approach to the composition, my goal was to capture the essence of the island and our experience of it. The work endeavors to deliberately integrate certain Romantic and Impressionistic sensibilities—such as lush tertiary harmonies and the use of melody in a traditional sense—with a more atmospheric atonal world of suspended motion and subtle changes in coloration.
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