The Ruby Sunrise (2009)

Premiered on April 30th, 2011 at the Setnor School of Music in Syracuse, NY.
(2 vlns, vla, vlc)

The Ruby Sunrise, derives its title from a poem by the 13th century mystic, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, The Sunrise Ruby. In that poem, a lover, barely awake, asks her beloved “Do you love me or yourself more? Really, tell the absolute truth?” The beloved responds, “There is nothing left of me. I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise. Is it still a stone, or a world of redness? It has no resistance to the sunlight.” This work tells that story. The beginning starts with the motivic material fragmented across the ensemble. As the work progresses we hear the melody in the viola, in pairs, and eventually in canon throughout the entire ensemble. Once the ensemble has been consumed by the material, it returns to the quiet calm of the beginning.