EMBRACING THE WIND
for flute, viola and harp
Instrumentation: flute (doubling alto flute), viola and harp
Commissioned by the Cornell Council for the Arts
Premiere: Robert Vroegindewey, flute; Jethro Marks, viola; Ann Yeung, harp; Cornell University, Barnes Hall, Ithaca, NY, April 2, 2000.
Selected Additional Performances: American Modern Ensemble, Deciduous Trio, Locrian Chamber Players, Naiades Ensemble, New York Harp Trio, Trio St. Germain, Trio Sirens
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
My original inspiration for Embracing the Wind was the image of an Olympic athlete running against the wind. The process of writing this work eventually shifted me to more abstract thoughts, such as the concept of creating music that sounds flexible and has wind-like, ebb-and-flow qualities. I try to achieve this by creating musical zephyrs from repeated motives and smooth phrases that utilize gradual dynamic swells and subtle tempo fluctuations. In this sense, Embracing the Wind is perhaps more minimal and Romantic than many of my other pieces: minimal in that cells that are repeated over and over again as textural background, Romantic in that the form is intentionally less severe and also has a narrative, structural quality.