Beyond the Heart is my first work for orchestra, and it draws on the expressive gestures of the Romantic and post-Romantic orchestral works I grew up listening to, seeking to wear its heart on its sleeve. It also moves in the opposite direction, separating the orchestra into small groups or individuals who act almost independently of each other, sometimes with the same goals, at other times opposed. The conflict between the sweeping gestures and these more atomized processes is the central thread of the piece; its title reflects this tension.
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