The Deciding Machine (2020)

Symphony Orchestra
Recording Coming Soon

Duration: 12 minutes | Composed: 2020 | Grand Teton Music FEstival Orchestra | Conducted by Donald Runnicles | World Premiere: July-Aug 2021 | Recording: Coming in 2021.

2(pic).2(CA).2(bass).2(contra)/
4.2.2.0/timp/2 perc/strings (min 8.8.6.6.4)

Commissioned by the Grand Teton Music Festival as part of the dual celebrations which mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Known as “The Equality State,” Wyoming granted women the right to vote in 1869, more than 50 years before suffrage and the first in the Union to do so. It was also – in 1825 – the first to elect a female governor. And in 1920, Jackson Hole became the first town in the country to be governed by an all-female Town Council.
This orchestral work explores the fascinating circumstances behind the life of Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), known as the bride of science. As the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, Ada became a mathematicisn and writer and is cheifly known as one of the first computer programmers and published the first algorithm intended to be used on the first computer, the "Analytical Engine".