Sunlight (2019)

for flute/piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, horn, piano, percussion, and string quintet

Commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Premiere:

May 13, 2019, Lewis Arts Center, Princeton, NJ

NJSO Chamber Players, with Steven Mackey (cond.)

Recording:

The work includes some justly tuned harmonies (used in the beginning and ending thirds of the piece). The notation is in HEJI (Helmholtz-Ellis Just Intonation) + cent deviations. The MIDI is rendered from Dorico notation software. Live recording is unavailable. Please inquire about the score if interested.

Program note: 

Sunlight morphs slowly without clear breaks. It draws a curve made up of many little curves. A sunrise—violent, sudden, and luminous—and the following dawn chorus comprise the central portion of the work. A few intertwining birdsongs transform into one another. In the end, I wanted to write music that was more about being a bird than listening to a bird. The ending is a simple meditation on a feather, symmetrically expanding, moving gently in the wind.