Strange Bird (2015) 9’

Scoring

2(2.pic).2(2.eh).2(2.bcl).2(cbsn)-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.4 perc-hp.cel-str

Premiere

March 20, 2015; New York, NY; Borden Auditorium; Manhattan School of Music; Perry So, conductor; MSM Composers Orchestra

Notes

Dedicated to Susan Botti

Conceived from an eleven-bar sketch for harp, Strange Bird is an exercise in stretching the possibilities of a seemingly limited idea through the exploration of the orchestra’s inexhaustible color palette. From machine to breathing organism, the orchestra, like a flock of birds dispersing and coming together, transforms in shape and depth of color as it moves.