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Prolegomenon (1985)

for orchestra / / 3Perc / Pf / Hp / Str
duration: 12 minutes

I wrote Prolegomenon in 1985 as part of my portfolio for my Master of Music degree at Peabody Conservatory. It was one of my first “elaboration” pieces, a form I invented in which I take a short piece or section of a piece (in this case, a chorale prelude I had written a year earlier) and stretch it into a longer work, transformed by various processes applied to the original material.


I plan to eventually revise Prolegomenon. In the meantime, here are two audio excerpts from a 1985 reading by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Van Mari.

Excerpt 1 (beginning)

Excerpt 2 (end)