Ship of State

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LKMP R01567/ HL 286696

Duration (minutes): 
17
Detailed Instrumentation: 
Piano solo: 1.1.1.1: 1.1.1.1: Perc: Synth/Celesta: 3 Vn.3 Va. 3 Vc. 1 DblBs
This one-movement chamber concerto by Stephen Hartke for piano and twenty players uses four sections, each bearing headings from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Building of the Ship."  The poem is a culmination on the metaphorical comparison of the perils and tribulations of government to that of a ship at sea in a storm.  It was commissioned by Xak Bjerken, the Oberlin Sinfonietta, the University of Southern California Thornton Edge Ensemble, Ensemble X, June in Buffalo, and the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra.  Section titles: 1. "Hanging breathless" (Foundering), 2. "In spite of false lights on the shore" (Edgy, potentially explosive), 3. "The anchors of thy hope" (Gently - a rueful lullaby), 4. "What Workmen wrought" (Lively, resurgent)