Laid upon the children (2014)

For flute (+ bass flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), viola, cello, bass, and percussion
Choreography by Leigh Schanfein
Duration: 21 minutes
Commissioned by Periapsis Music and Dance

World premiere: February 1, 2014
Symphony Space, New York
Kelli Kathman, flute; Arthur Sato, oboe; Adrián Sandí, clarinet; Colin Brookes, viola; Hiro Matsuo, cello; Lisa Dowling, bass; Sarah Mullins, percussion
Conducted by Jonathan Howard Katz
Dancers: Tucker Davis and Hannah Weber, with Shay Bares, Ariel Comeau, Chris DeVita, Elisabeth Jeffrey, Megan Jones, Oisín Monaghan, Isaac Owens, Rhea Roderick, Leigh Schanfein, and Christian Serrano

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Program note:

This work is a gloss on the story of Romeo and Juliet, focusing on the party scene, where they meet, and the tomb scene, where Juliet is seemingly dead.  A stark juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, lightheartedness and gravity, it was premiered on the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space and shortly thereafter presented on Periapsis Music and Dance’s winter 2014 performances.

The full musical composition may be heard here:

 

And an extended excerpt of the tomb scene can be seen here: