3(+af)+picc.2(+eh).2(+bc).2+cb / 3.2.2+bt.1 / Timp. / 2 Perc. / Str.
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[audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/Rhapsody for Orchestra.mp3]
Symphony Pro Musica; Mark Churchill, conductor
“Rhapsody” was my first piece for symphony orchestra, a commission from Symphony Pro Musica on the occasion of their 25th anniversary celebration. In this piece, I clearly had the harmonies and collage-form techniques of Igor Stravinsky on the brain, as well as echoes of Gershwin, Bernstein, and Copland. While the piece ended up not being very festive in the traditional sense, I still think it holds up as a zealous-student exploration of the possibilities of the orchestra.