League of Composers Orchestra Season Finale – 2010
“Time was when the league’s concerts were dominated by rigorous, post-tonal works. Not so now. The curtain raiser was D. J. Sparr’s “Dacca: Decca: GaFfA” (2008), a bright, cheerfully tonal piece in which attractive melodies shared among bells, a xylophone and a pair of antiphonally placed steel-string acoustic guitars dance around a bed of languid string chords.
This pop-inflected piece might have seemed out of place in an orchestral program a decade ago, but it suits the boundary-erasing spirit of today’s new-music world.