Score (2015 version for flute, vibraphone, piano, cello) (opens in new tab)


flute, percussion (vibraphone, glockenspiel), celesta, cello (2013 version)
flute, vibraphone, piano, cello (2015 version)

duration: 17 minutes

Winner of the nief-norf Summer Festival 2016 International Call for Scores
2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards finalist

Commissioned / premiered by:

the I/O Ensemble (2013 version)
premiered on January 11, 2013 at I/O Fest 2013 at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, MA

About the work:

Seven Songs is a re-arrangement/re-conception of a piece I wrote in 2011, originally scored for soprano sax, acoustic guitar, harp and percussion. In that original version, each of the seven movements really was like a song, with a simple melody, accompaniment or motive.

This new version retains many of the features of the old, including the order of the movements, the general structure of the piece, and the simplified harmonic language. But it distills and fractures the melodies and rhythms of the original: sometimes that means greater rhythmic detail and complexity, sometimes it means creating different ways of playing together, and sometimes it means eliminating everything from a movement except one small gesture, and exploring that gesture in much greater detail. The resultant set of songs is, hopefully, still emotionally direct and clear, but also freer, more elusive and continuously transforming. The piece now seems to be more like a set of spaces or empty rooms than a set of songs, each movement opening up onto the next space, the light slowly changing.