Leander and Hero
for wind quintet(2015)
I Prelude: The Cliffs
|Commission||Commissioned by City of Tomorrow, made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund|
|Premiere||February 9, 2016; Sprague Hall, Yale School of Music; New Haven, CT; City of Tomorrow|
Leander and Hero takes as its point of departure the story of Leander and Hero’s tragic love. But in my version, Leander and Hero are cliffbirds who mate for life. Hero sits on eggs in the nest on the rocks while Leander fishes for food. Leander is killed in a violent storm at sea and does not return. Hero waits for him but when he does not come she leaves her nest to go look for him. She finds his body washed up by the waves. Like all birds who mate for life, she sits by his body, unwilling to leave his side even in death.
– Hannah Lash