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Technical Information

Catagory: Ensemble

​Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Cello

Year of composition: 2011

Duration: ~12 min.


Premiere Information

Date: January 28th 2010​

Musicians: echtzeitEnsemble; Christof M. Löser - Conductor 

Place:  Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart



ISCM Young Composers Award (2018)

League of Composers Composition Competition (2017)​

American Modern Ensemble: Honorable Mention (2017)​

ASCAP/SCI Commission Award (2016)

Concorso internazionale di composizione Città di Udine: Finalist (2016)

2nd place Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Competition (2015)

1st place The Salvatore Martirano Memorial 16th Composition Award (2012)

Notable Performances by
  • Talea Ensemble

  • Ensemble Novel

Program Note

Imagine a dark boundless open space.

Every minuet, movement, and tiny flicker of light catches our attention in such darkness. The colors and shades become more brilliant and clear in this primal scenery. This allows us to perceive tiny nuances in tone, timbre, pitch, and direction in space.

This piece revolves around the notion of inception, the birth of themes and ideas as they originate from a micro occurrence. This piece tries to explore the infinite possibilities that can emerge out of the smallest of fragments, and each fragment is developed into a kaleidoscope of color.

The piece has three basic types of movement in space. An upward motion (ascending arpeggio, accumulation of sounds in an upward contour, etc.), a downward motion, and a horizontal motion (a sustained note, cluster, or pattern). Throughout different points of the piece, the instruments can be found to have varied levels of intensity (in density, volume, register, timbre, etc.), and thus are found in different layers of the foreground, middleground, and background.

The piece is written as chain reaction of occurrences, and this dependency of occurrences is a continual sub theme. The occurrences are bound to every preceding note, and shift through the different parts of the piece in a metamorphosis.

Sparks & Flares


Recording of premiere (2010)

Perusal Score


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