A Prayer For Spring

Premiered by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Year
2008
Duration
5 Minutes
"Bravo to Rogerson for creating apiece people could enjoy on first hearing. This five-minute piece charmed. Rogerson has a flair for using the instruments' various colors...at the end of it, I heard someone saying he wished it were longer. That is high and rare praise in the world of contemporary music." -The Buffalo News

A Prayer for Spring seems like an appropriate title for a piece of mine, considering I grew up in Buffalo, New York, enduring endlessly long and snowy winters.  I
remember that we prayed for spring in February on Groundhog Day, silently knowing that it was a hopeless cause.  We prayed in March but
understood in our hearts that it would come in like a lion and leave like one.  "April is the cruelest month," wrote T.S. Eliot--let's just say our prayers weren't answered then either. But this piece is about more than just hoping for warmer weather - it is about renewal. The opening texture evokes with wonder and awe. As the work progresses, there are moments of exuberance and happiness, and there are moments that are darker and more troubled. Finally, at the conclusion, there is a return to the opening sonority.

Subsequent performances with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony

Category
Orchestral Works
Instrumentation
3(Picc)-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, Timp+3, Hp, Pno, Strings
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