flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion
Debbie Gold (fl.), Stefan Van Sant (cl.), Emily Schoendorf (bn.), Yue Qian (vln.), Jonathan Dormand (vlc.), Sam Kinsey (pf.), Tyler Stell (perc.), and Ryan Lindveit (cond.)
Alfred Newman Recital Hall, University of Southern California
3/9/14 | Los Angeles, CA | 3pm
Honorable Mention, American Modern Ensemble 9th Annual Composition Competition (Tier I)
Honorable Mention, 2015 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition
Finalist, 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Short Stories is a collection of five movements, each of which is programmatically related to a short story by Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, or Ted Chiang. It is, in effect, a musical short story collection, a form which allowed me to write in a multiplicity of styles. In my aim to portray the stories, I wrote lyrical piano solos, squawking winds, a proletariat passacaglia, a love waltz, fast and scratchy string noodling, ebullient robot music, and ethereal yet nostalgic extraterrestrial music. I felt an enormous amount of freedom while writing this work, and I hope that comes across in its rhetoric.