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for viola, piano

arranged in 2016 for Wild Shore New Music as a set of duos for flute, clarinet, vibraphone, piano, viola,cello

i. anthony's nose
ii. taconic
iii. adams
iv. hudson
v. macedonia
vi. skyland
vii. timp brook
viii. mohonk

duration: 14 minutes

Winner of the 2016 Wild Shore New Music Call for Scores
2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards finalist

Written for / premiered by:

Noah Fields, viola
Movements 1-3 premiered on October 23, 2009 at Chapin Hall, Williamstown, MA

About the work:

Overlooks is comprised of eight short movements, each named after a specific geographical location. An original set of three (recording above) was written in the summer of 2009, and the following five were written in between other projects over the years, acting as a kind of journal of places I've been and memories I have of being in those places with specific people.  Any number of movements may be played in any combination or order.

Though one can certainly be struck by the physical beauty of a certain landscape, our memory of place is much richer than just a recollection of physical attributes. In this way, Overlooks is not an attempt to represent or depict landscape literally: rather, it is an attempt to capture moods, emotions and the pace of passing time I experienced in these places, my interior life mapped onto the wider, indifferent geography.