Subterranean Dance


Program Note

Subterranean Dance is written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and one percussion player playing marimba and vibraphone. It’s basically a mini-orchestra with huge possibilities for different colors. While many pieces start from simply and have a big finish, Subterranean Dance does the opposite. It begins in a frenzy. But after a while, a slower, more reflective music keeps trying to emerge. By the end of the piece it surfaces as a nocturne that wafts upwards in distant hazy resonance.

About Russell Steinberg

Russell Steinberg’s music orchestrates the cosmos depicted by the Hubble Space Telescope, dances tangos to Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s story of a missing Stradivarius violin (whose finder refuses…