We Want Mark Twainstring quartet, narrator (2005; rev. 2009)
|Commission||Eastman School of Music|
We Want Mark Twain was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music and composed in 2005. I revised it in 2009. In conceiving this work, I read Twain’s writings, over a long period of time, and felt an inspirational kinship with the ideas of this extraordinary man. A curious thing: the second movement, “Tom and Becky, Lost in the Cave,” I had set years before, and realize, now, that my own grief over my sister’s tragic death, my own wanting, desperately to save my sister, is akin to Tom saving Becky. In composing Twain, I wanted the musicians to be part of the drama; to call out, yell out, sing out, stomp their feet, join in with the narrator, so the drama is felt viscerally.