Celestine (Prelude for Orchestra)

Commissioned by the Manila Symphony Orchestra

The Latin root of the word Celestine is caelestis, meaning celestial, referring to the sky or heaven. It is also the name of a mineral with a subtle blue color. Unlike most of my other works, Celestine takes no inspiration from any story, narrative, or other work of art; instead it is an exercise in melody and accompaniment. From beginning to end it is dominated by one tune, developed and transformed against a steady rhythmic backdrop and through various harmonic turns. It is a simple musical object, intended simply to charm and amuse.

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets in B flat, timpani, strings

Duration: 6 minutes

Premiere: December 9, 2017, Power Mac Center Spotlight, Makati, Philippines • December 10, 2017, Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines • Manila Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Molina, conductor