100 Years Later
The title 100 Years Later comes directly from the repeated refrain of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s
famous “I have a Dream” speech. The refrain is spoken near the beginning of his speech when he
speaks to 100 years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and how many obstacles
were still in the way. As we come closer to 100 years after World War II, Anti-Semitism,
bigotry, and religious intolerance still dominates are modern society.
My work, commissioned by Clarinetist Anthony Taylor, borrows heavily from modes and scales
belonging to Jewish and other Middle Eastern Cultures.
As the work progresses the original tune slowly reveals itself to the listener with the final statement in the
work revealing the tune in its complete form.