study scoreversion for chamber ensemble (2008)
|Premiere||March 1, 2011; Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Los Angeles, CA; Thornton Contemporary Music • Don Crockett, conductor|
Premiere of original version for full orchestra: September 9, 2008; Zürich Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich • Michael Sanderling, conductor
|Instrumentation||126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52-2perc(tom-t, bng, ratchet, vib, cow bells, tin cans, tempbl)-hp.pno-str|
|Rental||Performance materials are available for order:|
I have never been more stuck than I was in the winter of 2008. My writing came to a grinding halt in January and for a long time this piece languished on my desk, a mess of musical fragments that refused to cohere. The following May, I saw a copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and remembered one of its iconic sentences, then I had a breakthrough realization. The sentence was this: ’Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time’, and the realization was that the lack of coherence in my ideas was to be embraced and explored, not overcome. Musical fragments become unstuck in that sections from the beginning, middle and end crop up in the wrong places like the flashbacks and flash-forwards that define the narrative structure of Vonnegut’s novel.
- Andrew Norman