Terpsichore s Dream, composed in 2007, and scored for a chamber orchestra. The work, of 17-minutes duration, was premiered on October 18, 2007 by the Utah Symphony, Cliff Colnot conducting. In Greek mythology, Terpsichore (delight of dancing) was one of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. She lends her name to the word terpsichorean which means of or relating to dance. She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying with her music to the dancers' choirs. She is sometimes said to be the mother of the Sirens by Achelous. Her name comes from the Greek words delight and dance. For biographical information or for a longer program note, please visit composers website.
By Edward Reichel Deseret Morning News Published: Oct. 19, 2007 10:50 a.m. MDT UTAH SYMPHONY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Thursday One can say without hesitation that Terpsichore's Dream is one of Thomas' best works to date. The first concert in the New Music@the Rose series this season was held Thursday and included a world premiere by Augusta Read Thomas. Thomas' Terpsichore's Dreamwas written specifically for this concert and for the evening's guest conductor, Cliff Colnot, who led the Utah Symphony Chamber Orchestra in an exuberant and radiant reading of the score. The work is vividly orchestrated, and Thomas skillfully moves around the orchestra, creating bursts of color that move quickly and smoothly from one section to another. Terpsichore being the muse of dance in ancient Greek mythology, one would expect a score invoking her name to be rhythmic and vibrant, and Thomas certainly doesn't disappoint in that regard. The piece is captivatingly dancelike and fluid, with a driving energy that is barely contained. The orchestra under Colnot's expert direction played effortlessly, wonderfully capturing the intensity of the score, as well as its vitality and luminosity. --By Edward Reichel Deseret Morning News
Invigorated series draws a younger crowd By Catherine Reese Newton The Salt Lake Tribune The marquee attraction was the world premiere of Terpsichore's Dreamby Augusta Read Thomas, who was on hand to introduce the piece. Inspired by the Greek Muse of dance, Terpsichore's Dream is a smoothly flowing series of dancelike vignettes, by turns ethereal and propulsive …with a jazzy episode that strongly recalled Stravinsky's early ballet music. Associate concertmaster David Park brought the piece to a dreamy end, his violin notes floating down through a high, focused chord - the orchestral equivalent of a beam of light. --The Salt Lake Tribune
Heart and soul in the breathtaking music of a thoughtful contemporary composer. Thomas's brainy brand of modernism reveals a lively, probing mind allied to a beating heart. Gramophone Magazine, Donald Rosenberg --Gramophone Magazine, Donald Rosenberg