— The New York Times
The Phoenix was commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony and premiered by them at Carnegie Hall, as Boyer’s prize for winning the First Music (14) commissioning competition at the age of 27. First Music has been and remains one of the nation’s leading composition competitions for young composers.
Composition Date and Commission
Commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music (14) commissioning program
“The Phoenix does what its title implies: flies around, burns up, dies, and gets reborn. It’s a marvelous musical subject, and Boyer has captured its essence colorfully and concisely.”
— Classics Today.com
“The Phoenix opens with a cinematic fanfare and uninhibited sweep, with some extraordinarily sensitive instrumental coloring in the quiet lyrical section.”
— South Florida Sun-Sentinel