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The opening theme and title of Vigil were formed during a late night drive on a deserted country road. The feeling arose of people caring for and protecting others -- keeping vigil at night.
Vigil is through-composed, expanding upon one theme (initially presented by the violin), appearing in a variety of guises. Although the work may be heard in three sections (slow--fast--slow), it is essentially one extended movement. The intent is to allow the theme to unfold, seemingly of its own accord.
Notes by the composer