and if ever

Reed quintet

I initially sketched the musical material for and if ever in a choir setting, but it didn’t make it into the final version. I revisited the material for a second piece later on, but once again it felt like I was forcing the music onto a piece. I returned to the initial sketches a third time when writing the reed quintet, and the music finally felt at home. The title is a reflection of the musical material’s journey and the sense of longing in the reaching and woven lines of the piece.

Premiered by the Noise-to-Signal Ensemble at Bowling Green State University on November 17, 2016.

Recording information:

Performed at the University of Nebraska-Kearney New Music Festival March 11, 2017 by the Noise-to-Signal Ensemble.

Noise-to-Signal Ensemble
Jana Zilova, oboe
Lucas Gianini, clarinet
Erin Cameron, bass clarinet
Chris DeLouis, alto saxophone
Alex Meaux, bassoon

Please contact me if you are interested in performing this work.