IRIDULE is scored for oboe with six players (flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone/marimba, piano). The work is roughly 14 and ½ minutes and dedicated to Jacqueline Leclair and the New Millennium Ensemble. The title comes from Nabokov:
…and that rare phenomenon
The iridule—when, beautiful and strange,
In a bright sky above a mountain range
One opal cloudlet in an oval form
Reflects the rainbow of a thunderstorm
Which in a distant valley has been staged…
-Vladimir Nabokov (as John Shade?) in Pale Fire
IRIDULE was made possible with the support of the Argosy Foundation, the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, the Hanson Institute for American Music of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, the Amphion Foundation, and private individuals.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Marianne Gythfeldt for her role in coordinating the commission.