Triopiano, cello, percussion (2002)
|Commission||The Core Ensemble|
|Premiere||May 4, 2003; Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Callithumpian Consort; Yukiko Takagi, piano; Benjamin Schwartz, cello; Robert Schulz, percussion; Stephen Drury, conductor|
The idea of this piece came to me when I was taking a walk around Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA during a snowstorm. I can never forget the scintillating sound of thousands of snowflakes quietly and violently hitting the dry leaves and pine needles. This moment inspired me to write the opening of the work.
I was interested in discovering how an abstract idea can manifest itself in different musical appearances, be they rhythmical, harmonic, melodic, or textual. I wished to treat the idea (in this case, a numerical permutation using six numbers) as a living organism, and see how far it could “travel” during the course of the composition.