In only its second year, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington has commissioned a new work for the event. Daniel Thomas Davis's Book of Visions and Songs will premier Aug. 30 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. It's an 18-minute work for Piano Quintet that was created based on Davis' visits to Central Kentucky earlier this year and written in Italy, Virginia and his current home of Ann Arbor, Mich., where he teaches composition at the University of Michigan.
These days, of course, a lot of that work is done on computers, including creating facsimiles of the piece to give the composer an idea what the piece sounds like. As of today, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington ensemble has not played the piece, but Davis has given us permission to post the sample version of the second movement of the piece. Keep in mind, this is just a sample of what it will sound like. (Click the play button to hear it.)
Photo of Davis, above, by Rich Copley.