Solaris is a Latin word that means ‘pertaining to the sun,’ and this piece is a bright and celebratory work. It is inspired by the long days of summer – a season of outdoor festivals, barbecues, vacations, and weddings. After I grew up in Florida, it wasn’t until I moved farther north that I truly appreciated the differences in seasons; in Chicago, the longest day of the year, June 21, has over six more hours of sunlight than the shortest day in December, sharply contrasting the relative lack of variety I experienced in the south. This fanfare is a celebration of the annual end of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Rising melodies and unpredictable rhythms mark the energetic opening, where the strings, winds, and brass rapidly pass around musical ideas. The middle section is more lyrical, featuring solo woodwinds and flowing melodies with occasional playful interruptions. As the music gets increasingly grandiose, the flourishes from the opening return, bringing the fanfare to a triumphant close.
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