This open-duration piece hopes to sonify the transition from peaceful breathing through increasingly irregular and labored breathing, culminating in a state of gasped breathlessness.
Throughout the contrabass can be heard inhaling, and... exhaling.
As you listen consider every such breath. Gauge how labored or effortless it is at every instance. Is it whizzy? Is it anxious? Is it fulfilling? Is it stopped short?
Instrumentation: Double Bass
Year of composition: 2021
Matthew Henson, Double Bass
Premiere: Online, during New England Conservatory's SICPP 2021
Premiere Performance (~5 minutes)