Still hard at work here, working on writing my big final pieces for the Senior Recital! However, since I realized I haven't posted anything new in forever, I should offer up a bit of a sneak preview for what is my current project
(The MP3 is at the moment a direct rip from Sibelius playback, so a lot of things including extended techniques and glissandi aren't represented 100% acurately. Once the piece is finished, I'll be going back and doing a tooled mockup of the whole thing.)
One of my classes is called Composition Seminar, in which each semester we write for an in-residence ensemble. This time around it happens to be the extremely talented Seattle Chamber Players. And so, each of us is tasked with the assignment of writing a 7-10 minute piece for the ensemble.
The piece I'm writing is called Descent, and comes in 5 "gradiented" movements. I say gradiented because, in developing the concept for the piece I wanted a continuous stream of movement as the piece is the depiction of literally decending through a physical space.
The movements are designed to be symmetrical in length: 1 2 3 2 1
The instrumentation is: Flute (Piccolo, Concert C, Alto), Clarinet (Bb, Bass), Violin, & Cello.
The piece begins in space, where atonality is a representation of a lack of oxygen. Eventually we begin to enter atmosphere as pitch shifts to tonality and higher registers.
Split up into two halves: above the clouds, and below, with a descent through turbulance in between. As we descend further, the ocean is seen below us. Eventually, the shore of a primative land becomes visible.
An oceanside village is seen on the horizon as we begin to touch down. Firmly planted on the ground, the sounds of the village and the people are loud and cheerful as they welcome the day's beginning. The ground ramps downward and we begin to be plunged into darkness, entering a cave that continues our descent.
Through earth and dank darkness, the descent continues.
The first few bars of the 4th movent are as far as I've written so far... The final movement will be representing the core of the earth, and bring things to a conclusion.
Anyways, hope I haven't rambled on too long Enjoy what I have so far, and I'll be sure to post the finalized mockup (and eventually the live performance!) once it's all finished.