Category: Half Notes Blog

Half Notes: Let Me Sing

The three remarkable women whose poems inspired “Let Me Sing” probably never knew one another, but composer Eric Malmquist brings them together into one seamless orchestral conversation. Or maybe a panel discussion is a better analogy. Given voice by the orchestra—with guest Soprano Ariana Strahl—each poet will speak in turn, leading us on a musical …

Half Notes: Rest

Brandon Harrington was present in 2014 when his grandfather died. This man’s passing was the inspiration for “Rest,” which Brandon wrote several months later. In “Rest,” we hear death presented as two journeys embarked on simultaneously. In one journey, the dying person confronts death at the end of life. In the other journey, the still-living …

Half Notes: Secret Sky

If birds sing on a lushly wooded island, and no one is there to hear them, is their song still as beautiful? If no one is there to witness, as wedges of waterfowl fly high overhead on their annual migration, do their wings and voices roil the air just the same? “Yes, let me show …

Half Notes: Will There Be Singing

In a recent conversation, the composer of “Will There Be Singing” explained: “I do not try to deliver a social or political message through my music, yet I have to say that when I sat down to compose ‘Will There Be Singing,’ world events were creating in me a turbulent anxiety that I could not …