for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano
Instrumentation: flute (doubling alto flute and police whistle], B-flat clarinet, violin, cello (doubling police whistle), percussion (see score for percussion instrumentation) and piano (doubling maracas)
Written on a fellowship and in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School
Winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award
World Premiere: Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Jonathan Schiffman, conductor, Aspen Music Festival and School, Center for Composition Studies Advanced Master Class Concert, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen CO, July 16, 1999.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
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Although this sextet is not intended to openly convey a specific program, the work itself is inspired by television shows that expose people in the act of committing crimes. The form and materials are developed from imaginary scenes depicting a day in the life of a criminal: running scared (from the police), traveling on the interstate, having nightmares while sleeping (probably in a rundown motel in the middle of nowhere off Old Route 66), looming shadows and hysterical visions, breaking out in cold sweat when someone supposedly comes looking and traveling again at 1:00 a.m. As you would expect, the unfortunate criminal is finally caught in the end.