Down in the 90's I wrote a piece for the Conservatorio students year-end concerto. It was performed and recorded, but recording was on an old cassette audio tape, damaged and finally lost.
Even if it was for a "forced" ensamble (the students available asking for the piece were the wind octet and a percussionist, but I had the chance of asking help of a good pianist and a good Soprano) and it had to be "easy to read and to play" for very little rehershal time and low technical skills of the winds players, I still love this piece, because the lyrics I used for the composition were so nice and lovely, and music got emotional.
Then I decided to try having it back to life in some way, with my actual Home Studio.
The piece is made of 4 sections, composed on 4 different lyrics of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). The recursive image of bees and clover and prairie, is linked in the poetic of Emily to the dreams. Dreams are bitter illusions as well... and can distract from the reality so quickly running away... but finally the quiet dreamy prairie is where she feel the heart has home and rest. The music follows this poetic trip with echoes of 19th century folk-songs and modern drama melt in the score style, targeting to be modern but sweet and euphonic.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
Dreams are the subtle Dower
That make us rich an Hour -
Then fling us poor
Out of the Purple Door
Into the Precinct raw
Possessed before -
I held a Jewel in my fingers -
And went to sleep -
The day was warm, and winds were prosy -
I said "'Twill keep" -
I woke - and chid my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone -
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own -
It's all I have to bring today -
This, and my heart beside -
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
The score (if somebody is interested in):
The piece was composed for Soprano, winds octet (2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, French Horn and Bassoon) Pianoforte and percussion (triangle, snare drum, vibraphone)
The rendition is featuring all 1st parts by GPO (they have a nice "solo" character and vibrato) 2nd parts by Vienna SE (to have different sound), French Horn by Sample modeling (very expressive) and GPO percussion and piano (so easy and good sounding).
It's amazing how the Garritan sounds are sitting well even in an ambitious mix, beside advanced and expensive libraries.
The soprano is made with Play EWQL SC: it's a frustrating experience working with this library, filled with bugs and unpredictable malfunctions, and it's requested quite a bit of tweaking and digital alchemy to make it sound good in a mix. But actually it's the only professional sound tool for singing words (other choirs sound better but have few syllabs only, other tools sing words but have ridiculous synthetic sound). I still dream somebody makes another working better, and makes me free of this bad working tool.