This piece was commissioned for Lessons and Carols at Trinity College, Hartford in 2001. Smith recalls, “The commission came within a week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and this was one of two pieces I began working on at that time, the other being “Variations on an American Folksong” for symphony orchestra….I found, after composing “From East to West” that I kept hearing it in my mind as an orchestral piece, and I wrote a version for symphony orchestra and choir so I could focus on other projects.
Three options are available in performing this piece:
Choral and organ–
A small Full Score (organ and trumpets)–(0426sm)
–Trumpet parts (0426 Trpt)
Large full score (0426FS)
–Instrumental parts (0426FP)