«Lost in September» Op.17
Symphonic Poem, dedicated to Lady Bessie (1990 - 1993).
Category: Symphony Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2-2-2-2- 4-3-3-1 Timp Camp Perc:3 Str
Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe
Year composed: 1993
First performance: February 15, 1996
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First performed by Trondheim Symphony Orchestra / Christian Gansch. Finnish premiere by Jyväskylä Sinfonia / Ari Rasilainen (1997).
Lady Bessie (1990 - 1993)
— Lost in September is, on the surface, the story of the loss of a good friend, Lady Bessie — a dog. But the piece is much more than just this. Beppe returns to the theme of loss again and again in his art, and in its many forms it serves as a thematic linchpin in his creative work, not unlike the place in Edvard Munch’s oevre of the many different versions of “The Sick Child”. In Lost in September, which is based on one of Beppe’s earliest compositions, the sense of loss and pain is physically present, a destructive force that is expressed in simple gestures and which is intensely moving in its quiet resignation. There are no cries of sorrow or explosions of anger — just a monumental feeling of desolation. The piece is brilliantly orchestrated, and is intensely moving in its direct honesty.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor