Duration: 13 min.
Dedication: to the members of the JCC Orchestra of San Diego
Recording: Toccata TOCC0368
Premiere: 1992; JCC Orchestra of San Diego; D. Amos
Although found elsewhere, Gematria is most fully developed as an esoteric aspect of Judaism, particularly of Kabbalah mysticism. Numbers are systematically substituted for letters, resulting in complex hidden ideas, cross-references and double-meanings in otherwise apparently straightforward texts. This work does not apply a similarly schematic approach to music, but attempts a fitting mood and richness by means of complicated cross-rhythmic overlays of colors and harmonies. This work was commissioned by David Amos and the JCC Orchestra of San Diego. (Notes by Arnold Rosner)