Millennium Canons

for orchestra (2001)

Commissioned by the Boston Pops Orchestra and Hanson Institute for American Music
Premiere: Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor 2001
Duration 7:00 - - timp; 4 perc; hp; pno - str

I wrote Millennium Canons to usher in a new millennium with fanfare, celebration and lyricism. Its rising textures and melodic counterpoint are almost always created through use of the canon, which also provides rhythmic propulsion at times.

Funding was provided by the Institute for American Music of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. The premiere took place in June 2001 at Symphony Hall, Boston with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart.

−Kevin Puts