This programmatic work depicts the building of the Roman Empire and in particular, Rome itself. Itís architecture, its political intrigue and the diverse social status of its people is reflected in this work with itís overall tonality and ethnic flavors. In some sections, the percussion section represents Romeís military strength. At other times, it represent the dancing and celebrations which in Rome, as with most everything else, were epic in proportion.
Throughout the composing process, I envisioned a country peasant going to Rome for the first time, seeing all the sights and even getting sucked into a party or two.