"...and the pursuit of Happiness."

"...and the pursuit
of Happiness."
for String Orchestra and 2 Pianos
by Stephen Hill (ASCAP)
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SARAHTIM Music Publishing

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Written in 1995, this work is scored for String Orchestra and Two Pianos. The 1st and 2nd Violins have distinct melodic material that repeats at greater distances apart as the piece progresses. Eventually, the melodic material realigns to the original entrances of the beginning. The minor 3rd modulations are sudden and random, often in the middle of the melodic material. The piece is driven by the ostinato patterns of the Cellos, Basses and Pianos. The title is taken from the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence - 


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—"

Life can be hectic, hard, challenging, fast paced, with sudden and unexpected twists and turns that may or may not be all bad. Happiness, is a choice in the midst of life's challenges.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,  And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies,  And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness,  And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, 

And happy are all who retain her.

Proverbs 3:13-18 NKJV

“All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy.  We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.” 

“Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness. And nothing undermines gratitude as much as expectations. There is an inverse relationship between expectations and gratitude: The more expectations you have, the less gratitude you will have.” 

― Dennis Prager (Happiness is a Serious Problem)

Composed - 1995

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill) ASCAP


Instrumentation - Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, String Bass and 2 Pianos

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