2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, strings
Percussion: Crotales, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Tam-tam
Orchestra Seattle; the composer conducting – February 15, 2020
Commissioned by Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS)
With A Joyous Trilogy, I wanted to create a composition that was the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness, an accessible work that would put any listener in a good mood. The first movement, ‘Running’ is so called because of its always-moving and seemingly never-waning energy that keeps going and going. The second, ‘Reflection,’ is a gentle and introspective meditation featuring a solo trombone. The third, ’Renewal,’ picks the energy back up, but a little more spirited and zestful this time, and keeps it going to the very end, complete with dynamic and vibrant interplay between all the orchestral sections.
This work is dedicated to Will White, a friend and mentor for many years now, and one of the most joyous people I know!
— Quinn Mason