Orchestra - Murmurations (2015) 

Duration - 21 min.

string orchestra

Commissioned by New Century Chamber
Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra,
the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and partner A Far Cry.

Bermel, who conducted the piece, writes sensitively for strings. The violins pour forth a long-limbed melody of quite stunning beauty. Beauty in motion is perhaps what “Murmurations” is all about. The audience Friday night gave it a standing ovation, a rare gesture for a new work.
— Star Tribune (Minnesota)
American composer Derek Bermel’s “Murmurations” is one of the most involving new works the SPCO has presented in some time, a deeply involving aural journey that’s meditative and exhilarating, sad and soothing. It’s a piece full of emotion and imagination, arresting melodies and relentless energy. The work simply soars.
— Saint Paul Pioneer Press
…delightful and often intriguing. For the slow centerpiece, sweetly beautiful, a tender barcarolle and harmonies that are as artfully smeared as a watercolor.
— San Francisco Chronicle
Bermel’s imaginative harmonic progressions and shifting accent patterns elevate the seemingly simple finale [Murmurations] to a level of sophistication. The individual sections’ swooping scales seamlessly fit together.
— San Francisco Classical Voice