for 11 players
A dark, menacing piece written in 2005; it mixes freely composed dissonance and more straightforward harmonic sequence. At the time of its composition I still felt uneasy about completely losing the comforting blanket of bland atonality but was determined to leave it behind me as soon as I could find a way. You can hear this disjunction unfold as angular atonality juxtaposes static, revolving harmonies. But a threatening, brooding melodic fragment suddenly bursts out of its chains and spits minor key venom at the surrounding material.
Written for the Endymion Ensemble.
The Endymion Ensemble
playing Brahms's beautiful sunset clad Clarinet Quintet