Anecdote (vc&orch) (opening excerpt)OUP-Anecdote (CelloSolo part)-pgs6-7-secureThe first ideas for Anecdote came from the poem, “Anecdote of the Jar”, by Wallace Stevens. Stevens imagines a “jar…tall and of a port in air” placed “upon a hill”. He notices, “the wilderness rose up to it … no longer wild” and says, of the jar, “it took dominion everywhere”.

In Anecdote, the cello soloist “has dominion” in this slow, one-movement, work. It is as though the cello is the “port in air” and is surrounded and complemented by the various orchestral textures (especially those of the central string quartet).

Another meaning of “anecdote” also influences the composition. An anecdote is often a story shared, and shared again, in intimate circumstances. And so, the overall structure of Anecdote is that of an arch in which a personal story is told, and elaborated on, and retold. – HT

Anecdote was composed during the summer of 2000 in response to a commission from the Newark (DE) Symphony Orchestra. It was first performed December 10, 2000, in Loudis Hall (University of Delaware), by the Newark Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roman Pawlowski, with cello soloist Ovidiu Marinescu.

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