lightfastness: Field with Irises near Arles

fl/picc/bass fl, cl/bass cl, sopr sax/alto sax, bsn, tpt, tbn

vl 1, vl 2, vla, cello, bass, electric guitar

Program notes:

If you flip through any of my large, hard-backed books, you will find dried leaves and flowers nestled between the pages. After months of being pressed and dried, the petals and leaves will have lost their vibrant oranges, reds, and greens. Many natural pigments are not lightfast —when exposed to light, they decay. For the same reason, some of the flowers in Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings have changed color over time. As a result of the red pigments’ vulnerability to light, the once-purple blossoms in Van Gogh’s Field with Irises near Arles are now blue. With “lightfastness,” I wrote music that changes color over time.

Premiered at Bowling Green State University on March 24, 2018.

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

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Field with Irises near Arles, Vincent Van Gogh (May 1888) Digital photo from Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)