What Is Seen In The Mists
Full Orchestra + Choir
Confronting a tragedy, charting emotions across time, and how we are ultimately changed by events and people.
This is the one that started it all...
On Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams
Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Horn, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
This piece is an extension of What Is Seen in the Mists, dealing with the same subjects and emotions, only this time instead of focusing on myself, it is for others. Others who, like me, have experienced the loss of either parents or siblings.
When I first lost my Dad, I felt alone in the sense that this was something that only happened to me, and no one else. As time went on, however, I found that many people I knew: friends, classmates, even cousins, went through and were experiencing what I had. I then set out to write this piece, in hopes that those affected may be able to in some way benefit from it, just as I benefitted from What Is Seen in the Mists.
Special thanks to those involved in the recording.
Zach Larimer - Flute, Katianna Zaffery - Clarinet, Andrew Golub - Soprano Sax, Ivan Schmichkinney - Trombone, Alexandria Scheer - Piano, Debora Bang - Violin, Kate Barmontina - Viola, Dorothy Carlos - Cello
Four Irish Dances
I’m not sure whether it’s my heritage from my mom’s side or my exposure to it while growing up, but I have long since held a fascination with Irish music and dance. Having friends and neighbors who were Irish dancers and musicians from Ireland probably contributed. It is from this that I attempted to write a piece that incorporated many of the different styles of Irish dances music - music that is authentic enough that it could have originated as folk music, yet given the treatment of a full orchestra. Also, given that the title has “dances” in it, music that one could theoretically dance to (for the most part).
All of these dances though, are interconnected in such a way that makes this one multi- faceted piece of music, rather than simply four separate smaller ones. Each movement builds on the last, and each movement contains pieces of the others.
At the Speed Of Dawn
“I’m still not really sure what this piece means, perhaps its meaning will emerge over time…
Maybe it is about the sun rising
Maybe it is about a new day
Maybe it is about Good versus Evil
Maybe it is about triumph
But not without sorrow, and loss
Maybe it is about finding the light within
It is about putting the past behind,
And embracing what is yet to come”
-January 1st, 2016