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Silhouettes on a Beach

Solo clarinet and bass clarinet are some of my favorite instruments to write for. This piece, for solo bass clarinet,  is about fragments and memory. Specifically, it is inspired by Neruda’s poem “Don’t Go Far Off.” 

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because — 
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long 
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station 
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep. 

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because 
then the little drops of anguish will all run together, 
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift 
into me, choking my lost heart. 

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach; 
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance. 
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest, 

because in that moment you’ll have gone so far 
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking, 
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

The image of the beach is particularly striking. The music is much like that silhouette that dissolves on the beach. There is musical material that sticks with us throughout the piece, as well as dramatic gestures composed for the clarinet…images that I hope stay with both the listener as the performer…so that the musical experience is not like the silhouette that disappears on the beach. 

Pathways I

A memoriam to Stefan Wolpe. 

EarthMoves

At no other time in history, have more human beings inhabited the Earth. How does our footprint impact the world, but more importantly, how does our footprint on this planet impact our survival, as well as our chance for sustainable artistic expression? This piece takes several “sound bytes” from the real world, recreating a sonic image of humanity’s impact on the Earth.


Finished? 

This piece captures the essence of the artist sitting for hours on end, persevering in the struggle with self to create. The typewriter reflects the “hammering away” of the keys to write, or the chisel on stone to make a sculpture. The text is Charles Bukowski’s “Finished?” and captures the ideals communicated in Bukowski’s reflection on life as an artist. 


Unquiet Stones

This piece is an exercise in balance and timbre, and attempts to capture the sound worlds found in Neruda’s beautiful poetry. 


Recursions

This is one of my favorite compositions. I wrote this in Spring 2011. My instructor pushed me hard and I produced this beautiful and colorful piece for Pierrot ensemble (violin, cello, piano, clarinet, and alto flute). The jazz connections make this an interesting piece. 


Petals

I composed this back in 2004. The Drake Choir recorded this piece on their 2005 CD This World Is Not Conclusion .


Tiny Infinity: I. Water and Stars

This is the first movement of my dissertation composition, conducted by yours truly and read by the University of Utah Philharmonia.