I was hoping to take a time out from composing after completing my second string quartet this June. Since I also teach two classes, work part-time at RILM, and am writing a dissertation, I thought my time would be better spent trying to grow some legs for some already written pieces. Then the opportunity to write a large-ensemble piece presented itself, and, naturally, I took it.
The piece is for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone, piano, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass. Called “Arcades and Mirages,” it’s about eight minutes long and goes pretty fast. (The score is over 300 measures.) The difficulty has been incorporating the bassoon, horn, and trombone into the jumpy, homorhythmic texture. Right now, I’m cutting a lot of notes from these instruments. Also, due to logistical problems, I can’t use mallet percussion. So I’m converting what were parts for vibes, marimba, and xylophone to piano.
Premiere’s in December, rehearsals begin early next month. Then maybe more “career building” time will be available. Then again, there’s this solo piano piece I want to write…
What are you working on?