|Premiere||December 18, 2007; Sprague Hall, Yale University; Timothy Andres, piano|
|Commission||The Boston Globe|
Sorbet was written for Richard Dyer, on the occasion of his retirement from writing for the Boston Globe, where he was chief music critic for more than 25 years. I was initially intimidated by the prospect of writing music for someone whose job it is to tear it apart (are there any historical examples of this?). I ended up latching on to the first idea that came to me, namely that a critic spends most of his time doing what most people do only on special occasions. It’s a pretty enviable position, on one hand— though I think it must take a whole lot of dedication to drag yourself to the orchestra night after night, or even to eat at restaurants all the time if you happen to be a food critic. I thought I could provide the “sorbet” between courses, something of a light palette-cleanser that also would be a good preparation for listening to longer, heavier music.