Norfolk Waters for string orchestra

    ca. 12 minutes

A trip to the English coast of East Anglia inspired me to write Norfolk Waters. The area known as the broads is extraordinary in its utter flatness and stark beauty—similar, in its own way, to the great plains of the United States. I later visited museums and saw that the English painter Turner captured these landscapes in watercolors. These impelled me to start composing. I chose to write for string orchestra for two reasons: I am a string player and English composers gave the ensemble some of its lushest music.