Program Notes

Lullaby was commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music in Toronto in 1991. It is a commemoration of the death of my grandmother, and the birth of my daughter Claire a couple of years later. It’s in one contiguous movement, divided into several different sections, most of which are repeated at some point. I don’t remember much about its composition, other than there’s an allusion to George Gershwin’s Lullaby for string quartet played simultaneously with a chorale taken verbatim from my opera Zurich 1916.