Violin I (5)
Violin II (5)
Bass clarinet and alto clarinet (improvising musician)
Piano (improvising musician) (needs a little pad to create a muted affect on mvt. 2 & 6)
Bass (improvising musician)
Note: I have heard groups play this with 4 violas, 4 celli, and 2 contrabasses, and it is also lovely with a little extra weight on the bottom.
This work (a nine movement song cycle) was recorded on Winter Morning Walks, performed by Dawn Upshaw and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. It was commissioned by the Ojai Festival/Cal Performances/Australian Chamber Orchestra for its debut performance on June 12th, 2011. The poetry for this work is by Ted Kooser.