SATB Choir & Saxophone Quartet
Duration: 8 minutes
Commissioned by Cantori New York & the PRISM Quartet
Premiere: April 2009, New York City
The music of Zephyrus captures the ebb and flow between the end of cold darkness and the beginning of warm light. The poetry by Catullus evolves within a strong juxtaposition of layers of musical energy: extended lyrical phrases in the choir float airily above the frenetically dancing saxophones. Throughout my life, having grown up in Boulder, Colorado, and then dividing my time between Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York City, it seems spring never comes quickly enough.