"Reveries" – by David P. Sartor
2007 Adagio Composition Competition Finalist
“Reveries” was selected as one of three finalists from over 160 worldwide entries to the 2007 Adagio Composition Contest.
About the Composer
Composer David P. Sartor (rhymes with “Carter”) received his education at the Blair School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and the University of Tennessee, where he studied with John Anthony Lennon and David Van Vactor. The recipient of commissions from a variety of ensembles, his works are performed nationally and internationally and have been featured at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the International Double Bass Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Music Festival in San Jose Costa Rica, The World’s Largest Organ Concert, and at Carnegie Hall, with broadcast performances on National Public Radio and local affiliates.
Sartor has received awards from the American Bandmasters Association, New Music for Young Ensembles, Meet The Composer, and ASCAP, among others. As Guest Composer, Conductor and Lecturer he has completed residencies at venues including the Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral, Illinois State University, and California State University Bakersfield, sponsored by New York City’s Meet The Composer Foundation. His works are recorded on the ERM Media label and are published by E.C. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, TRN Music, and Metamorphic Music.
It’s unfortunate that the three works are in competition. All three are absolutely first-rate; all three demonstrate not only solid craftsmanship but deeply-felt passion. I find I have to give the edge to David Sartor however – “Reveries” is the piece which, of the three, most acutely and precisely evokes the deep, dark introspective mood of the Barber; that sense of – at times – being painfully cut adrift – to then search for resolution without success and to finally simply find peace in ultimate resignation. Wonderfully apt work.
Comments for the other two also apply here.
Of the three works, this is the sole entry to successfully blend style AND substance. A masterpiece in anyone’s book!