• Etesians 2013. 10′
for flute/alto/piccolo, 2 clarinets (one doubling bass clarinet), violin, cello and piano.
for the Serve Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress
and dedicated to the Memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky.
Premiere: Dec. 16th, 2011. Washington Square Contemporary Music Society.
Tenri Cultural Institute.
Recording from Riot Ensemble. July 17th. The Forge. London, England. (This version is with alto saxophone instead of a second clarinet).
Etesians is a work of musical intertextuality. This is partly in response to my wanting a deeper understanding of the music that influences me, and also from a wanting to create a piece that expresses many styles and genres within one semantic frame. And so the work moves through many vignettes of varying affects, densities, colors and timbres. One thread through these shifting and sometimes cross-cut vignettes is a fast scalar passage that first surfaces in the winds early in the piece and slowly transforms into the work’s predominant musical material. I hope the effect is that of many sonic impressions connecting to, and commenting on each other in surprising ways.
The work takes its name from the summer winds off the Aegean Sea that create the monsoons in Greece and Turkey.