For Mothers

For Mothers (2024)
commissioned by Hannah Rose Nicholas for Hannah Rose Presents

“For Mothers” is a short piece for viola and cello, composed by a dad of two teenage boys. It’s a dedication, an homage, a bow of gratitude to my mother, my wife, my mother-in-law, our grandmothers, to all of the courageous mothers in this world. It’s also a dedication to the persistent image of children being born in times of unrest and societal struggle. We look to the next generation as the peacemakers, we pray for their wisdom, health and safety, that their times may know no prejudice or war –– but sadly, history has a short repertoire…. I hope that this piece will pass along this feeling of turbulence, devotion, despair, and above it all, love.

CATEGORY chamber music
INSTRUMENTATION viola and cello
DURATION 5-6 minutes minutes
WORLD PREMIERE (forthcoming)
February 18 2024
Galbraith and Paul, Philadelphia PA
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS Hannah Rose Nicholas (viola)
Alexander Hersh (cello)
SCORE AVAILABILITY All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]