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Rainbow Bridge to Paradise (2016)

For solo cello
[Also a version for solo violin]
[Also a version for solo viola]

Rainbow Bridge to Paradise is included in the project Cello Solos Today. Cello Solos Today was supported by New Music USA, through a generous contribution from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.
Cello version premiered on 5 February 2017 in New York City at the Greenwich Music House, played by Lila Holyoke who was in the 7th grade and was a student of Yari Bond.
Violin version premiered on 19 March 2017 by Ariana Kim at Red Newt Winery, Hector, NY.
Duration: 4 minutes and 30 seconds

 

BUY SCORE (for solo violin)
BUY SCORE (for solo viola)
BUY SCORE (for solo cello)

Program Note

Chris Gross

RAINBOW BRIDGE TO PARADISE starts at the very bottom note of the cello, in the deep, rich, elegant tones of the instrument and traverses (throughout four minutes and thirty seconds) to the very bright, clear, clean, optimistic top register of the instrument.

The rainbow is one of humankind’s premier symbols, permeating our myths, art, and literature. Throughout history, the rainbow has been seen primarily as a symbol—of peace, covenant, divine sanction… and the rainbow's image is woven into the fabric of our past, present and future.

This music’s vibrant, expressive and distinct “picture” is one of an ascent from earth to paradise across a colorful bridge.

Rainbow Bridge to Paradise is included in the project Cello Solos Today. Cello Solos Today was supported by New Music USA, through a generous contribution from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.

RAINBOW BRIDGE TO PARADISE, In Memoriam William G. Simpson, is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Chris Gross and the Talea Ensemble.


Talea Ensemble
 

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