MusicaNova Orchestra; the composer conducting; May 14, 2021
Svítání is a Czech word, which means ‘Sunrise’ or ‘Dawn’. The overall message of this composition is rebirth and renewal, which can relate to the title as the birth of a new day or time. The composition itself was born out of time of great struggle and uncertainty for everyone, which is reflected in the first movement as a calm yet tension filled meditation. The second movement is in a similarly meditative feel, but triumphs this time, ending quietly in introspection like the breaking of dawn on a still and tranquil morning. With this piece being written about such a tumultous time, the overall message is that we are leaving an old chapter and beginning a new, fresh one, one that will hopefully lead us to better days ahead.
This piece is dedicated with sincere gratitude to Warren Cohen and the MusicaNova Orchestra, who I wrote this composition for.
— Quinn Mason