Composed September, 2009 - July, 2010
Instrumentation: String Orchestra
The word "atone" means forgiveness, or to become in harmony with. Each movement under this title is a vignette that draws its inspiration from a different aesthetic experience (I. sight, II. hearing, and III. taste/touch/smell) that encourages this spiritual renewal.
-NATHAN WILSON BALL
I. Stained Glass
II. Tattered Books
III. Broken Gifts
March 6, 2010 - Jordan Hall, Boston, MA.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose.
1st Prize in the NEC/BMOP
[Ball] got to that uplifting place in an accomplished, thoughtful way, with a last-minute surge that hinted at more interesting things to come…
Ball clearly has promise…
-Thomas Garvey, The Hub Review
…adroit and expressively efficient…
The final cadence was the highlight: a deep, organ-like physically palpable shift of sound.
-David Weininger, The Boston Globe
…[with its] expansiveness and optimism, it seemed more to capture light coming across the plains, or something pastoral like that. (Ball does hail from Colorado.) I don’t think I was only one in the audience who would like to hear more.
-Bryce Lambert, Boston Lowbrow
Ball exhibited a praiseworthy command of orchestration, shifting between musical textures with convincing and affective narrative.
…undoubtedly left the audience very interested...
-Peter Van Zandt Lane, The Boston Music Intelligencer