By Justin Tokke.
Prayer is a composition for String Orchestra. It is not based on any program but rather a set of emotions that cannot be categorized by words; they are instead immortalized in the music. The piece, while predominately tranquil, offers high and low points of emotional drama. It is melancholy throughout except for the ending section which offers hope in the darkened world of music. The sole essence of music is emotion, and the idea is paramount in the performance of this piece all the way to the last “Amen.” It was composed to embody this idea.