The First Snow was inspired by the painting “Skating in Central Park,” by American artist Agnes Tait. In the painting, Tait presents the park in late afternoon, full of carefree skaters and sledders, young and old, enjoying their winter activities. In the background, the Manhattan skyline is silhouetted against the setting sun, soon to be illuminated by the city streetlights. As a child, I always remember that special feeling when I awoke to see that the first snow had arrived and Winter was officially here. This work evokes that magical feeling, wistful nostalgia, and holiday cheer that begins with the first glimpse of the virgin white snow and icicles hanging from the window in the cold morning.
Although making use of the musical vernacular and spirit of music heard around the holiday season, the material for the entire piece is completely original and drawn mostly from the simple 7-note motive heard at the onset of the work.