|commissioned by A Far Cry
Of all the ways to make music, the one I love most is improvisation. It is within this realm of interacting with and responding to the unknown, skipping stones over a river of silence, that language is born; phrases, melodies, textures reveal themselves through dialogue between sound and stillness. Many of my happiest musical experiences have come this way, whether as a listener, composer or performer.
When A Far Cry commissioned me to write something for a concert focusing on Improvisation, I decided to forgo the safe route of composition and conventional notation, and instead to design a guided improvisation for ensemble. In a sense, I wanted to place the musicians in a similar space where I find myself most inspired — listening, responding, developing a vocabulary. There are no notes, rhythms or harmonies to work from — there is no “music” to read – rather, the piece is a large-scale framework from text-based instructions, comprised of 15 sections (cells). Some of the cells are pretty open while others are very specific. It is my hope — and here I feel as one of the “Three Little Pigs” — that the structure of the piece will stand. Only the wolf knows.
I’m very grateful to the members of A Far Cry for their trust, their gift, for going along this path with me and contributing their incredible talents to this premiere.
|CATEGORY||instrumental music, chamber music, flexible instrumentation|
|INSTRUMENTATION||Originally commissioned for string orchestra, but conceivably could very well perhaps be arranged for and performed by any combination of instruments.|
|DURATION||approximately 18 minutes|
|WORLD PREMIERE||Forthcoming: January 9, 2015 at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music|
|WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS||A Far Cry|
|OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES||n/a|
|SCORE AVAILABILITY||All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]|