Our Game

Commissioned by the New World Symphony

Year
2012
Duration
5 minutes

Our Game was written in the early spring of 2012 for the New World Symphony. My good friend Joshua Gersen was conducting a concert inspired by baseball, and asked for a piece from me. Joshua knew I loved baseball and how much fun I would have writing it. Initially, I found it difficult to translate my love of sports into music—how can you capture a home run? A steal? A balk? So I turned to what makes baseball special to me. I played until I went to college; I played stickball and wiffle-ball and had impromptu home run derbies with my friends.

Just a few months ago, my father and I were driving across New York State and were staying at a Rodeway Inn and we got our gloves and had a catch. I try to capture the tender, magical quality of the game as well as the grander side of the sport. In addition, there are many quotes and mini-homages throughout the music from baseball movies I love, sports networks, and more.

Our Game can mean many things: America’s game, my friends and I, Little League—but this piece is dedicated to my father, who taught me it and how to appreciate it.

Premiered by Joshua Gersen and the New World Symphony in March 2012

Category
Orchestral Works
Instrumentation
2-2(EH)-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timp+3, hp, pno/cel, strings
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