As previously reported by Playbill.com, The Cincinnati Pops approached the husband-and-wife composing team about adapting the book, which details how caterpillars become butterflies. Stitt said that the Pops "commissioned this piece with the hopes of it becoming a perennial in their family concerts."
"I'd say it's lush and energetic with many robust melodies," Stitt previously explained. "We have two daughters of our own, and over the years we've composed little songs for them, little melodies to help them learn how to spell their names, things like that. So we used those melodies in the foundation of the piece.
"Both of our daughters listened with wide eyes and recognized their tunes. So that's pretty special. Beyond our own family, though, it was fun to use all of the colors of the orchestra to portray such imagistic ideas — creepy caterpillars, cocoons tearing open, butterflies soaring through the air, gardens in bloom, etc."
The 12-minute piece premiered with the Pops April 20, 2013, as part of The Cincinnati Pops' Lollipops Family Concerts. John Morris Russell was the conductor, and Thane Maynard narrated.
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