Dream Vapors offers a selection of orchestral works, presenting intense dreams, intangible perceptions, and musically evocative elaborations. These orchestral works place opposing emotional states side-by-side, juxtaposing them to form vulnerable gestures of tension and harmony.
Fast Through Dark Winds (2013), is, in the words of the composer, “inspired by the emotional intensity of a dream―careening through dense dark night fog on a bike with no brakes, no control and no visibility, accompanied by alternating interludes of fear and transcendent calm.” Careening is indeed a great word to describe the introduction of this piece. Exhibiting minimalist tendencies, this work layers swelling minor third ostinati with chromatic scalar sweeps that are passed through various instruments and tessituras. Worthington swirls these two ideas through the orchestra, dovetailing one statement with the next in the diminuendo of each swell.
– Dr. Anne Neikirk, IAWM Journal Volume 22, No. 2 2016