Lady of Lima
2013 (Detweiler Records)
Lady of Lima is an instrumental collection of pieces composed by Scott Detweiler. "The Sun Will Rise", composed for string quartet and alto saxophone, was inspired by the Hurricane Katrina disaster that struck New Orleans in 2005. Each of the four movements tells a chapter in Detweiler's story about the incident. Although he was not living in the Crescent City at the time of the tragedy, it affected him because of the devastation suffered by most of his family, including his siblings and their families, his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins and hundreds of childhood friends and neighbors. The first movement, "Glisten" is his musical interpretation of the glisten of lights on the flood waters. The water was still, the air was silent and since there was no electricity, the only lights available shine off of the water were the headlights of emergency vehicles or flashlights from the boats of emergency rescue teams. The second movement, "Dixie", is how New Orleans should sound (at least to the ears of the composer). The third movement, "Dirge", is a memorial penned to honor those who suffered the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of the storm. (Detweiler was on stage to conduct the premiere of "The Sun Will Rise" and could hear the audience sniffling and crying during the performance of "Dirge". It is considered to be one of his most moving compositions). The fourth and final movement, "Cigar", is Detweiler's musical portrait of a big man driving a big car through the dry streets of Post-Katrina New Orleans, smoking a big cigar. Because of the looting, fires, flood damage and the closed roads going into the city, goods like cigars were scarce until months after the disaster. The cigar is a symbol of prosperity and hope.