Desert Song (2011)
Here, space becomes time. The landscape's apparent variety is illusory. In the desert one could begin to credit Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence. The piece is an orchestration and expansion of the first movement of my 2006 piece for piano four-hands, Implausible Sketches. Over a repeating bass line 83 beats long, too long to grasp in memory, certain melodies recur over and over. They could keep going forever - and somewhere, they do.
Instrumentation: three flutes, oboe, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, vibraphone, cymbal, tam-tam, harp, piano, strings
Duration: 11 minutes
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