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engulfed, constrained in a widening gap

for flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello (2013)

also in version for flute/piccolo, soprano saxophone, violin, viola, and cello

Premiere: Ensemble Linéa, June in Buffalo Festival, June 7, 2013

Premiere of saxophone version: ensemble dal niente, Northwestern University New Music Conference, April 27, 2014

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Video: East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (clarinet version)

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Audio: ensemble dal niente (saxophone version)

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Score (saxophone version)

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About the piece:

1. The effort and strain of executing the notation carries as much significance as the sounding result. Waste, inefficiency become virtues: too much notational detail is squeezed into a narrow space on the threshold between sound and silence. Intensity is not only heard but seen and “felt” as well.

2. Nothingness is never in-itself; it is constantly implicated in a [disintegrating] economy of hypotactic, linear functions. Nothing always costs something.

3. Entropy drives form. Material consumes itself, breaching its outer limits, in the act of enunciation, until this very process is itself obstructed. Form is not material’s development but its unmaking.

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Review by Daniel Kushner in New Music Box