"Of all the TMF-Commissioned poems presented to me for a choral setting, "The Day of Light," by noted Cuban poet Ernesto Santana, was easy to choose. The poem is rich in crisp, vivid imagery, and the rhythmic pulse in the language lends itself immediately to musical treatment. I wanted to convey and juxtapose the stark dualities in the poem: the sense of fear and dread brought about by captivity, and the joy of liberation and light."
David Post, TMF Commission composer
David Post composed the TMF Commission, "The Day of Light," which received a standing ovation at its world premiere in Prague in June 2015. The North American premiere of his work will be performed at our Gala. The text is the new TMF-Commissioned poem by Cuban poet Ernesto Santana.
Dr. Post holds degrees from the University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research and Brandeis University. He started musical training early, studying 'cello with Samuel Reiner and Charles Forbes and composition with Charles Whittenberg and later Ralph Shapey at the University of Chicago. He pursued further study with Larry Bell and Lukas Foss.
His music has received wide exposure on radio and in the concert hall, and his Fourth String Quartet was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music. His orchestral and chamber works have been played and recorded by international organizations including the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the Salem Philharmonic, among others.
Writing in Fanfare magazine, William Zagorski termed his English Horn Concerto "...a tonal and unabashedly lyrical concerto, resulting in a piece that is able to stand beside Richard Strauss's and Ralph Vaughan William's essays for oboe and orchestra." Zagorski termed his First String Quartet "a fine work--rigorously constructed and free of gratuitous effects. Here he takes the listener into the realm of intensely human communication."
He has received numerous commissions from groups and individuals, including the Aiolos Collective, the Terezin Music Foundation, the Martinu Quartet, the Fenimore Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet and many others.
Post's scores are published by Editions Bim, Switzerland and MMB Music, St. Louis, MO. Naxos Records, MMC Recordings, Turquoise Bee Productions and West Virginia University Sound Recordings, Inc. produce his commercial CDs.
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