Program Note for A Fivescore Festival (orchestra, 1990)


This work was commissioned by the City of Kent, Washington in celebration of their Centennial and written specifically for their community (semi-professional) orchestra, the Rainier Symphony Orchestra.  Because this was a commission using community funds, the City was fairly specific as to the type of work they wanted.  The work was to be "festive, uplifting, and accessible to the general public, celebrating the settlement of the valley and the city."  The piece is a series of four preludes and a rondo.  Although each prelude has a different character, they are designed to lead to and prepare the rondo theme - D,E,Bb,A,G.  This theme is overtaken in the rondo by a chorale taken from the first prelude and then treated in a fast coda.  The piece is meant to reflect the strength and diversity of a community moving by generations toward a common goal.