for chamber ensembleflute (piccolo, alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, vibraphone (2010)
|Commission||Boston Musica Viva, with a grant provided by the Jebediah Foundation|
|Premiere||October 1, 2010; Tsai Performance Center, Boston, MA; Boston Musica Viva|
Professor Chou Wen-chung once made the remark, “Calligraphy is music in ink, and music is calligraphy in sound.” Recalling many inspiring conversations with him, Aural Hypothesis is a quasi-fantastical study on how lines may find expression in sound. The lines in this piece, however, are not modeled after traditional Chinese calligraphy; they are something more basic or primal: a simple curve or a straight line, drawn slowly with a thin brush with intense attentiveness, or with a thick brush with explosive speed.
Dedicated to Prof. Chou Wen-chung