George Lewis has had a busy 2023. There have already been five premieres of his music around the world, and on November 9th, 2023 the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) will be giving the world premiere of his newest work for orchestra, Weathering, at Carnegie Hall. This piece was commissioned by the ACO and runs 17 minutes. It joins two other recent additions to Lewis' orchestral catalog, The Deformation of Mastery and Minds in Flux, which were respectively commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and the BBC Proms.
The composer notes that “Weathering continues my fascination with the classic trope of depiction in American music, as found in Amy Beach, Charles Ives, Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, Elliott Carter, Duke Ellington, and many others. This new work is part of my series of musical meditations on the sound of decolonization that ask: If we get what we want, what will it sound like?"
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