Blessings of Liberty
Commissioned by the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, Troy Peters, Music Director and Conductor
Instrumentation: 2 (picc),2,2,2; 4,3,3,1; timp; 2 perc; harp (opt); strings
Duration: 5 minutes
Premiere: The Vermont Youth Orchestra, Troy Peters, Conductor; Flynn Center, Colchester, VT; May 5, 2002
Blessings of Liberty was composed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. When approached by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, I was asked for an uplifting, concert opener. I immediately thought of our U.S. Constitutional Bill of Rights - the Blessings of Liberty. This work was intended to reflect our shared patriotism, particularly the strength and bond shared by all Americans following the attack.