:022 Opus: Chorale (Il Mezzogiorno) from Una Sinfonia Del Balletto

this work for String Orchestra, received honorable mention along with 19 other entrants in the FAUXHARMONIC ADAGIO contest. The following note is excerpted from the Fauxharmonic website):

Honorable Mention . . . These composers submitted impressive works that deserve to be recognized. Nearly all of the 166 entries were very good compositions. However, these twenty pieces stood out in particular for their outstanding quality and emotional power . . .

Joseph Virgilio - Il Mezzogiorno

1st performance, April 1, 2012 by the New York Late Starters String Orchestra in New York City.

The second section from my first larger scale work for symphony orchestra, the subtitle of the section, Il Mezzogiorno, or midday is meant to suggest a rest (from the activities of the opening movement). A noontime nap maybe, in the glen, before the inevitable encounter with the forest sprites in the subsequent movement! Il Mezzogiorno also denotes a large portion of Southern Italy including Foggia in Apulia and Enna in Sicilia where my grandparents emigrated from in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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