GAUDE, AN L.B. ANNIVERSARY FOR ORCHESTRA (2017)
Premiered by Colorado Music Festival, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
A joyful homage to Leonard Bernstein.
Loosely basing the work on the theme from Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront” score, I strove to paint a musical picture of the love, energy and pure joy that seemed to pour out of every performance Lenny gave as a conductor, while winking to his own compositional style with its colorful rhythms, melodies and harmonies.
“Wachner’s piece reflects its title in its ample brass and percussion scoring, although he gives the big string section plenty to do. Bright chorale-like chords contrast with more exuberant string figures, and Wachner did not neglect to inject melody into his score— an important aspect of "joyous" music. Wachner exuded joy himself when taking his curtain call, and the large audience rang with appreciation.”
Boulder Daily Camera