In Retrospect
Instrumentation: *2,*2,*2,2/2,2,1,0/T,1P,/Stgs
Duration: 8 mins.

Written for chamber orchestra, this is a prevailingly soft mood-piece with a predominantly nostalgic tone. Composed in 1959 (and incorporated some four decades later as the first movement of Janus,) this work expresses a feeling of looking back, of sadness at closing a set of doors in one’s life and, simultaneously, a feeling of apprehension as to what lies ahead. Inspired by I Corinthians 13:11 (“When I was a child, I spake as a child...but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.”)