for flute/piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, horn, piano, percussion, and string quintet
Commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
May 13, 2019, Lewis Arts Center, Princeton, NJ
NJSO Chamber Players, Steven Mackey conducting
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.