Music for Springtime was inspired in part by Samuel Barber's woodwind quintet Summer Music, a staple of the repertoire written in 1956. My work is a not an homage to Barber's, but does reflect and touch upon some of the moods and character changes heard in Summer Music. Music for Springtime was also shaped by the circumstances and timing of its composition: I wrote it in the year after I moved from California back to my native Pennsylvania, shortly after the birth of my daughter, and mostly in the springtime. Thoughts of rebirth and rejuvenation, but also of the uncertainty of transition, were undoubtedly present while I wrote.
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