Four Appalachian Moods was composed in 2002 for my friend Bob Turizziani and his Seneca Chamber Orchestra of Charleston, West Virginia.
The first movement, Amiable, has an easygoing tune in symmetrical five-bar phrases. Calm is a fugue (in seven) that follows the Bartok path: build up the voices in layers, then drop them out one by one. Mischievous suggests a little scherzo, but not too fast, played pizzicato throughout. Its ending is a nod to Haydn and his rhythmic jokes (like the end of the E-flat Quartet of Op. 33). Exuberant is a barn dance, all high energy and fleet notes, inspired by the end of Mountain Music of my teacher John Beall.
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