Christopher Rouse - Composer

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Berceuse Infinie (Infinite Lullaby)

Program Note by the Composer

I completed my Berceuse Infinie (Infinite Lullaby) for orchestra on July 1, 2016. Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and dedicated to Marin Alsop, it took its original inspiration from Ferruccio Busoni's remarkable "Berceuse Elegiaque", a haunting "cradle song" in memory of Busoni's mother.

My work is intended as a largely tonal, contemplative piece lasting about thirteen minutes. The "rocking motion" so typical of the lullaby is almost always present, and despite a few isolated more dramatic moments Berceuse Infinie is largely introspective and, I hope, consoling in tone.

The score calls for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, harp, celesta, timpani, bass drum, glockenspiel, tam-tam, and strings.

Christopher Rouse

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