for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, two violins, viola, cello, contrabass, and two percussionists.
Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Equilibrium Ensemble
Live recording by the Equilibrium Ensemble
My Chamber Symphony
condenses the familiar four movement symphonic form into a single movement, for a compact sinfonietta instrumentation with virtuosic capabilities.
With hopes of being able to bring a fresh approach to this idiom, I've tried to instill the piece with a strong sense of kinetic energy, where the musical narrative is bound
to an imaginary series of tangible, physical impulses and consequences. Instead of developing themes, I've sought to develop sequences of motions and directionalities. The first
movement sets a variety of gears and processes into motion; the second is a dialogue between
conversational pendula and a murky prolation canon; the third movement, a burst of energy in the form of a collapsing theme and variations; and fnally in place of a finale, a
subdued, brief epilogue where all of the previously wound-up moving parts spin out to come to a rest.
Chamber Symphony was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for Equilibrium Ensemble.
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