• 3.3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/
  • 5 min 30 s

Programme Note

Related works:
   Rubies (after Thelonious Monk's 'Ruby My Dear') for orchestra
   Rubies (after Thelonious Monk's 'Ruby My Dear') for symphonic band

Composer Note:
Rubies is a version of Thelonious Monk’s Ruby My Dear, which he composed while still in his teens. When I was invited by Seattle Symphony to make a short piece reflecting my first musical passions my thoughts were of Bach and Monk. Since I had recently made some Bach-like chorale preludes, I chose to make a version of Monk’s tune, first in a chamber-musical, contrapuntal manner, then in the grand orchestral style I had always heard lurking there.

— John Harbison