Good Working Order (2014)

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Good Working Order (2014)

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Première: Hoff-Barthelson Music School Viola Clubs, Naomi Graf, director. Commissioned by the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY. Featured at the American Viola Society Festival 2016, Oberlin, OH.

This piece was composed for intermediate viola choir (8 players, minimum), divided into three sections. The Viola I and Viola II parts should be played by at least three musicians.

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PROGRAM NOTE

Good Working Order might be heard as a process of designing and making (anything: a machine, a painting, a piece of furniture). In these short movements, we discover an idea, gather materials, spot the goal, and assemble the pieces. The first movement introduces an additive/subtractive idea that forms the basis of the rest of the musical ideas in the piece; the second movement is a spattering of ideas, some of which get rejected and some of which make their way into the last movement; the third movement has four slow chords that reappear at the very end of the piece; and the last movement assimilates previous ideas into a melody that keeps on changing keys on its long journey to a high G.

MOVEMENTS

I. trigger
II. loose parts
III. on the horizon
IV. and it goes

EXCERPT FROM PREMIERE VERSION COMBINING STUDENTS AGE 5-16 (with piano)

 

 

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