“Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.”
– Dante Why this work? Why now?
We are living through incredibly dark, stressful, and eventful times that test our individual and collective civilized and law-abiding mettle. False leaders peddling long-discredited, age-old “solutions” are again on the ascent and spreading globally like fire. Like Dante, our “straightforward pathway” seems lost in the forest dark.
Inferno, a double concerto for viola, cello, and chamber orchestra is written in response. It refers to Dante’s , the first book of his Inferno Divine Comedy, for inspiration, and as a metaphor, but does not explicitly track his poem. The basic three-movement shape of the double concerto echoes Dante’s narrative:
Our Straightforward Pathway Has Been Lost
The Eighth Circle
The Ninth Circle; We came forth, and once more saw the stars
Forces: viola solo*, cello solo*, chamber orchestra: Fl+picc, Ob, Cl+bcl, Bsn, 1hn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn, hp, pno/synth**, 1 perc (Chimes, Glsp, BD, Drum set, c.bell, Lion’s Roar, T.tam, xtra SD & sus cym suggested), keyboard for samples**, etc.), strings
*Soloists: Each soloist will employ A pickup, a Boss ME-80 Multi-effects Pedal, and an additional vocal mic for singing in the 2nd movement.
**1 MIDI keyboard controller (with laptop & audio interface) running Apple MainStage.