Death of Narcissus (1980)
Music: Roger Bourland
Richard Cornell conducts the Red Sneakers chamber ensemble
Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music
Death of Narcissus was composed for one of the Composers in Red Sneakers concerts. In that we were all students, we had composition assignments for our classes and had to keep producing for the Sneakers series, we had to compose all the time to keep up. This one was composed very quickly. It was one of the two pieces I composed while house-sitting for John and Rosemary Harbison. (I copied parts for John’s first symphony that summer.) I love the fantastical flow of this piece, and the eccentric form.
I’d like to revisit this piece and tidy up a few loose edges.