"American Trilogy" was premiered in Los Angeles by Quintet California in 1983, and the East Coast premier was a year later in New York by the
Pandean Players in conjunction with a "Meet the Composer" grant. Since then, the piece has become a part of the repertoire of many quintets around the world. It was performed by the NY Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet on March 14, 2010, at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and they will soon release it on their new CD.
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The movements reflect three general areas of the United States in which I have lived during my adult life. "Sunset Strip" is brash, it's flashy, it's glitter and chrome — and maybe even a bit reckless. "Friday Harbor" is a warm and pensive movement, bringing to mind the beautiful Puget Sound. It's an area very dear to me — an area almost holy, as hinted at by the final cadence. "Ellis Island" is an ethnic dance, conjuring up visions of colorful swirling skirts. And whether or not one’s ancestors actually came through that famous immigration center, this movement represents that little bit of "Ellis Island" in all of us.
The last movement, "Ellis Island," was recorded by the Quintet of the Americas in 1991 on the Newport Classics label.
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