for chamber orchestra (4 winds, 2 brass, percussion, piano, strings)
Ruth Lomon's Spells was commissioned for the Women's Music Festival/85 by the Massachusetts Chapter of American Women Composers with a New Works Grant from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. The piece was written in the summer of 1985 in New Mexico, where the composer has frequently found inspiration for her music in the Navajo ceremonies and art. Lomon writes: "The piano interacts in dramatic dialogues with varying ensembles from the group, each dialogue having a unique 'spell.' The piano has the dual role of soloist and commentator, threading the seven 'spells' together."