The warm, lyric nature of Evening Song creates a quiet and peaceful moment on concert programs. The flowing melodic lines create a calm and serene setting reminiscent of the peace and tranquility that comes at the end of a long and eventful day. While quiet in nature, the work makes a strong statement about the ability of music to directly influence one's emotion and feelings.
The Heart's Reflection was originally written for eight-part mixed chorus as a sort of tone poem to Proverbs 27:19: "Just as the water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another." Broad and symphonic in nature, it reflects these words freely, exploring the emotions behind each. From the original program notes: "It serves as a poignant reminder of the spiritual kinship that exists within humanity and the necessity that we must see ourselves in the hearts of others." The variety of textures and instrumental colors enhance the tonal spectrum of the original and bring out the expressive nature of the work.
On a Catalonian Carol is a setting of the traditional Catalan carol El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother). This lyric carol originates from the Catalan region of Spain, and the stylish influences of that country are evident in the flowing lines of the touching melody. This setting is not a direct transcription of the song but rather a carefully scored rendition that supports and enhances the elements of the original, allowing the simple beauty of the melody to be placed on full display.
This touching folk song is also known as The Turtle Dove and it captures the essence of the Aeolion mode in a warm, somber, yet flowing melodic line. Appearing in numerous versions, the song is a musical gem that has been passed down in various forms from one folk singer to another. The song may have originated as a 17th century broadside; though many well-known composers have used it as inspiration, this version for band is completely fresh in conception.