This work was the composer’s second attempt at painting purple in music. Monet’s Water-Lily Pond, Symphony in Green (1899) was her idea at first. She planned to paint different layers of green in the work as green is a mixture of cool (blue) and warm (yellow) colors. However, she found that green was never her favorite.
Reviewing her first “purple” experience, Ballade “Purple” (2017), which was about her past, she knew that purple is her favorite and decided to make a mature purple work this time. Symphony in Purple applies the same concept on doing green: painting different layers of purple by working on cool (blue) and warm (red) colors.
There are five sections: Purple (Eb Major), Purple Tending Towards Blue (Db Major, Black Key), Red (Tri tone), Purple Tending Towards Blue (Db Major, Black Key) and Purple Tending Towards Red (C Major, White Key).
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Trumpets in Bb
2 Tenor Trombones
4 Timpani (Ab, Bb, Db, Eb)
1 Percussion (Marimba, Crash Cymbals)