Letting Time Circle Through Us
for chamber ensemblePercussion (crotales and glockenspiel), cimbalom (with eBow), acoustic guitar (steel strings, with eBow), piano, violin (with metal practice mute), cello (2013)
|Commission||Commissioned by Either/Or, through Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund|
|Premiere||October 4, 2013; Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ensemble Either/Or|
The friction between two contrasting types of music creates the emotional journey of Letting Time Circle Through Us. From the foundation of a single note, stabile music emerges that repeats throughout the piece. Between these repetitions, singular, novel musical events occur which contrast with the initial stability. Over time, these singular events darken, while the repetitions of the opening music strain to move past the stressful interruptions. Eventually the desire for a return to stability merges with the reality of continual change, and the tension of the piece dissipates.
- Keeril Makan