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By Joel Friedman

On 29, Sep 2021 | In | By Joel Friedman

The Horizon Beyond

There is a long history behind the genesis of this brief work. “The Horizon Beyond” has its roots in works that I composed for the Klein International String Competition (“Triptych,” for solo cello), and a work commissioned by Maestro Angel Gil-Ordoñez for his Georgetown University Orchestra premiered in 2014 (“The First Step of the Journey”). With “The Horizon Beyond,” I revisited the earlier works and fashioned a new brief, concert opener. “The Horizon Beyond” is in an arch form – moving from a quiet restlessness to more joyful, buoyant, and declamatory music, and then back to a quiet, unsettled close. The piece captures a mixture of hope and unease, a sense of reaching for something that’s just out of reach – the horizon beyond. It is dedicated to my friend and colleague, Angel Gil-Ordoñez