Composer Dan Locklair’s “In Memory – H.H.L.” for string orchestra will be performed by the Fulton County Honors Orchestra, with guest conductor Dr. Mark A. Laycock, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga.
“In Memory – H.H.L.” was written in 2005 by Locklair, the composer-in-residence and professor of Music at Wake Forest. Maestro Kirk Trevor wrote this about the piece in 2006, “After the first read-through of ‘In Memory – H.H.L.’ I realized we had found a worthy successor to the Barber Adagio. Here was a gorgeously crafted Adagio for Strings that had a new voice, but with the same hauntingly lush harmonies and intensity that makes the string orchestra such a beautiful vehicle in the concert hall. After recording it, I was even more convinced that ‘In Memory H.H.L.’ has a real place in the standard string orchestra literature. As a conductor we are often looking for that five minute adagio to fit into our programming, and now we have a second option to the Barber from a wonderful living American composer.”
The work is part of Naxos’ Symphony of Seasons and other orchestral works CD (8.559337), performed by Maestro Trevor and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. More about the piece, including a sound sample, at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/orchestra.
Other works on the program are Purcell/Britten Chacony in G Minor and David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra.