"When the shadow falls across the doorway, it is time for me to go home." My grandmother used to say that all the time. She hated to be out after dark. I think of that term often and in the summer of 2013, I had the distinct honor of spending 10 days on tour with a wonderful group of musicians in Japan. On the last day of the tour, the shadows fell across the doorway and left me with a heavy heart. As an american we are fond of saying things like "see you later" as a good-bye. For the most part, I knew parting from my new friends was more of a
"see you never again" type of fare thee well.
Composing Shadow Falls was therapy, giving me a chance to express my feelings of joy and sadness with every note.
That summer, music brought us all together and now, Shadow Falls serves as a forever farewell.
Notes to the Conductor
Despite this being a medium to slow tempo piece, the percussion are kept busy.
The piano part is NOT optional and has several solos along with melodic percussion.