The Serenade for small orchestra was written in the summer of 1994 while I was
house-sitting for a friend. The environment - a quiet house in a big, wooded yard in
suburban Maryland - was conducive to writing, and the piece progressed swiftly, even
though this was (and is) my first orchestral piece. Being alone in an empty house
inclined me somewhat to melancholy, which put me in the mood for one of my favorite
films, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. This lovely film, with its evocative score by
Bernard Herrmann, proved a great inspiration, and I think my Serenade expresses a
haunted wistfulness that is reminiscent of the film.