elapsing twilight shades

elapsing twilight shades "The shades of night were falling fast..." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) It is remarkable how one same object might look rather different depending on the moment of the day or night in which we look at it. Similarly, different situations can be seen from completely opposing points of view, depending on their context. Velocity, light, weight and texture can all vary in appearance at a glance. Elapsing twilight shades reflects my particular interest in creating sonic structures that behave in a quasi cubist fashion. In fact, listening to the piece is a bit like looking at an abstract painting. One idea is presented from several different perspectives. The "space" around the idea is manipulated, folded and viewed as if through a kaleidoscope, repeated by many different lenses. This is the starting point for a work that gradually becomes inflected by a few humorous moments and a delight in symphonic tradition. There are two main critical arrivals in the piece, where the previous music is expanded into a more rhapsodic and quite different dimension. For me these moments represent a special ideal of collective beauty, achieved only through hope and freedom. -- Christian Baldini

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Memphis Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2009)

May 20, 2009 3:00 pm
Canon Center for the Performing Arts

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