Most orchestral pieces are best performed in a large hall which can accommodate a large ensemble. Amaranthine Silence was written to celebrate the prolonged reverberations and other elements of "silence" that are a part of large concert venues. There are a number of complex chords that end abruptly, leaving a rich tapestry of sound in their wake. Ultimately, the orchestra and conductor not only craft the music from the orchestral score (as always), but also sculpt the echoes and vibrations that become silence; these too are an integral part of the piece.
Tthe San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra premiered this piece on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Old First Church. An encore performance occurred the following day in Oakland at the Chapel of the Chimes. Many thanks to Mark Alburger, Music Director of the SFCCO, for agreeing to conduct the premiere of Amaranthine Silence.
If you'd like a peek at the score for this piece, click here. The recording of the concert performance is here; please note it's a large file, as the piece is long and it's a higher fidelity MP3.