Portrait 2: Pretty Polly

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Story

Portrait 2: Pretty Polly (written in 1987) uses musical quotations based on the old folk, *murder ballad, Pretty Polly.   The folk song describes the seduction and subsequent murder of a young girl, Pretty Polly, by a crafty and unscrupulous Willie (in some versions, Pretty Willie).  Toward the end of the song, there is the phrase: “It’s a debt to the devil poor Willie must pay.”   In pondering the fate of Willie’s soul and as a vehicle of musical inspiration, the composer projects a simple programmatic fantasy where the opposing forces of heaven and hell demonstrate their strength and weigh Willie’s soul upon the great scale of judgment.  (see Program Notes 2)

OPEN YOUR EARS

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OBJECTIVE

I have been using folk materials in my compositions since 1969 and my objective has always been to artfully fuse these elements into a modern sound fabric.

My Performance Conductors:

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Massimo Pradella, Oleg Kovalenko, Gerhard Samuel, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Michael Morgan, Kenneth Jean, Paul Polivnick, Gunther Schuller, Steven Smith, Sydney Hodkinson, Stewart Robertson, Andrew Davis, Edwin London, John McL. Williams

PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAS

Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Louisville Orchestra,  Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Richmond (VA) Symphony,  Atlantic Classical Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Long Beach Symphony,  Civic Orchestra of Chicago,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.