The Trumpet of the Swan
Instrumentation: *3,*2,*2,*2/4,3,3,1/T,4P,Hp/Chorus/Stgs
Duration: 22 mins.

Commissioned by Millsaps College for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Millsaps Singers, this extended fantasia for chorus and orchestra conjures up a feeling of the world of Eudora Welty, whose magical prose provides the text. Based on excerpts from Welty’s famous short story “The Wanderers” (from The Golden Apples), the work explores her signature themes of life, death, and of the bittersweet nature of life’s opposites often being bound together. Since the story’s central character incessantly played Beethoven’s Für Elise wherever she went (as a young girl), the celebrated theme is used often in the work as a discreet leitmotiv, along with a rich profusion of melodic, harmonic, and text-painting effects.