Cloud Sprawl was inspired by a long flight that passed above, around, and through a long series of towering summer storm clouds. In many ways it also draws inspiration from other animate sky-dwelling phenomena, such as fireflies and the flight and flocking of birds.
This piece can be performed by two different sizes of string orchestra:
- Minimum complement: 8 violins, 3 violas, 3 celli, 2 basses
- Full complement: 24 violins, 9 violas, 9 celli, 6 basses
Here is the current version of the full score.