commissioned by Dinosaur Annex
One movement for woodwind quintet and piano. Commissioned by the University of Louisville Faculty Brass Quintet.
Composed for the
Bowdoin International Music Festival as a memorial to
David Gamper (1945-2011), sound artist, and longtime member of Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band.
The “theme” for the variations is a musical
spelling of David’s name; much of the subsequent pitch material derives from
twelve-tone extensions of the basic motto. The instrumentation was chosen
because David played both clarinet and cello; in addition, his Bowdoin
senior-year honors project was a composition for solo horn and 20-second tape
delay system. (It is interesting to note
that, even as an undergraduate, he was interested in the electronic
transformation of acoustic instrumental timbre, plus the creation of “loops”
and echo effects.)
Accordingly, REMEMBRING DAVID contains many
repeated ostinati patterns (“echoes” of a sort), melodic passages passed from
one instrument to another, and echo-sonorities produced by playing the clarinet
and horn into the resonating chamber of a grand piano.
Each movement can be a solo work, of 8-9 minutes each.
Score reduction of Concerto for Horn and Orchestra