Rising on the Wings of Dawn

When  Delvyn Case approached me  about  composing, a short piece for violinist Wendy Case, based on a Psalm, I  immediately thought of Psalm 139.  I had been partial to it for quite some time, and previously set verses from it for soprano and organ in a piece named for another of its images: And Night Will Shine As Day. This time, I chose Rising on the Wings of Dawn.In both, I was drawn to the  idea of the intimacy of being known by God. I responded by composing a piece that embodies a rising shape in its overall structure, its melodic design and the prominence of harmonics. The overtone series is itself a rising blend of pitches whose unified vibration is a wonder, and whose individual harmonics have a beautiful shimmer. I am grateful to violinist Wendy Case for our collaborative explorations and dedicate this piece to her.

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