Duration: ca. 7'15" Instrumentation: Flute Violin Piano Percussion
Soprano Voice (doubles on Marimba) Electronics
Program Notes: I fell in love with this Richard Wilbur Poem in 2014. The simple, understated tone and the feeling of calm complacency towards an impending unknown future fascinates and draws me in each and every time I read it. My goal was to mimic this feeling of contentment towards uncertainty in the music while tapping in to the main image of the poem, the measuring worm. I thought about the movement of this creature–a constant dance between contraction and extension. I elude to this movement through the shapes of musical figures as well as creating three formal sections: slow, fast, slow (extention, contraction, extention). The image of a measuring worm’s movement as well as the image of its flight once it has wings were visual influences on this piece. In the final portion of the piece, we hear the fluttering and constant motion of flight preceded by two rapidly changing and restless musical sections.
premiered by Wet Ink Ensemble, Buckley Recital Hall, May 6th, 2016 Amherst College, Amherst, MA
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