Prince William Sound (2008)
It was a long road from conception to performance for the themes contained in Prince William Sound. The melodies were originally written for a theatrical production of Thorton Wilder’s "Our Town" in 1990. As is often the case with incidental music, the music worked well for the play, but was ultimately too fragmentary and contextual to stand well on its own. It wasn’t until 2008, when Gene Moon approached me with the desire to have the Orchestra of the Pines premiere a work of mine, that I found a way to bring this work to the concert hall. The piece was reworked – rescored for the appropriate ensemble, and revised in a number of places – and emerged in December of 2008 as a single-movement piece under the new name "Prince William Sound." The title refers to a location on the south coast of Alaska – a place that evokes the American spirit of adventure and exploration, along with the wild majesty of mountains, forests, and glaciers.