ensemble for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble: Fl., Ob., Clar., Bn., Hn., Tpt., Tbn., Perc. (3) Pno (Gtr.) String Quintet.
duration 16 minutes
written February-March 2011
commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic
premièred May 24, 2011 Los Angeles, CA
Orinoco Sketches is a single-movement, four part song cycle based on the diaries of my paternal grandmother, who fled Germany in 1939 and ended up in Los Angeles. I am extremely grateful to John Adams for commissioning the work and conducting its première.