• Joan Tower
  • A Gift (2007)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)

Commissioned for Chamber Music Northwest by Paul L. King in honor of the 60th birthday of Mary-Claire King

  • fl(pic), cl, bn, hn, pf
  • 20 min

Programme Note

12 February 2008
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute and piccolo
David Shifrin, clarinet
Milan Turkovic, bassoon
William Purvis, horn
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY

1. With Memories
2. With Song
3. With Feeling
4. To Dance With

Composer Note:
A Gift was commissioned for Chamber Music Northwest by Paul L. King for his sister's birthday. The other consortium members performing A Gift are the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, who premiered the work on February 12, 2008, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire.

The work is scored for four winds and piano and is based loosely on a song which floats up to the top of the music now and then. The piece is divided into four movements — "With Memories, "With Song", "With Feeling," and "To Dance With" — and lasts about 20 minutes.

— Joan Tower