A little over five months ago I started working on this piece. The idea was simple, start with something dark and end with something light. However, the more I worked on the opening, the more it reminded me of the state of things in our country and unlike when there was this much division fifty years ago, at least back then there was an ending point, something I do not see so easily now. So the project became larger in scope and meaning, and more difficult to find a way to move from the dark to light.
A pollyannish approach was required to envision a transformation from the current condition to a place where I used to live. I want so much to believe that people will come to understand that nearly all of us in this country are descendants of people from other countries, and that that has been one of the major factors in the creation of our incredible union. So this is more a piece about hope than reality, and even with Pollyanna sitting on my shoulder, at the end is a reminder that even in the best of all worlds, there is always an underlying ugliness waiting for someone to stoke.
Sunset, Sunrise was written for Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Drum, Gong, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.