for harp and double bass(2014)
|Commission||Commissioned by Claire Happel|
|Premiere||June 5, 2015; Claire Happel, harp • Philip Alejo, double bass|
Leaves, Space is a piece in two movements for harp and double bass. I was interested in finding intersections between the two instruments' sound worlds. The first movement, Leaves, explores various cells of musical material, shared between the two instruments, and oftentimes juxtaposed contrapuntally. It is often about the rhythmic interplay of the idea with itself between the harp and bass, but builds to a more melodious section and then ultimately to a rather fervent climax before returning to an altered version of the initial idea. The title of this movement suggests the way in which the material evolves, in a rather plant-like organic growth from a singles stem. The second movement, Space, is an even closer exploration of the blend between the two instruments, taking a harmonic progression and constantly shifting it in various ways. These harmonies are shared between the harp and bass, with the harp acting as amplification and resonance for the bass.
– Hannah Lash