Forward Ornament is a fast, sleek, short burst of energy, that explores, fights, dissolves, and re-forms Baroque notions of symmetry, clarity, harmony, ornamentation, and line. Its inspiration comes from the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures of Italo Calvino. With this work, I begin a series of pieces that meditate on the six characteristics that Calvino prized and valued above all others: lightness, quickness, visibility, exactitude, multiplicity, and (the unfinished) consistency. Ornaments - those rapid musical flourishes that are not really necessary but serve to decorate a melody, harmony, or line take center stage in this piece. Like the singing of birds, these musical crystals are ornate, yet clear, clean, and light.
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