Within a Dome of Sky
I grew up south of Seattle, where the horizon from just about any direction is defined by the peaks of the Cascade or Olympic mountain ranges or even the hilly islands of Puget Sound. When I moved to the Midwest to attend graduate school, I fell in love with the enormous, beautiful sky stretching endlessly in all directions. So often, driving to and from gigs in Decorah, Anamosa, Grinnell, or Washington, I’d hit a stretch of flat road and it would feel like I was completely surrounded by a dome of sky. The piece opens and closes with soft whispers and wooden sounds, representing gentle breezes. The open intervals of the primary and closing themes express the expansive quality of the sky, while rapid arpeggios paint a picture of energetic winds rushing across the Iowa landscape. Within a Dome of Sky was commissioned by and is dedicated with love and admiration to Catie Moritz.