for oboe, cello, and marimba
Virtual Premiere: October 11, 2023. Performed by Michelle Farah, Kathryn Bates, and Chris Froh.
Feel Fragments takes its name and inspiration from Hannah Ensor’s and Laura Wetherington’s poem and fragmented nature. With this piece, I thought about the relationship that fragmentation has in my work. For one, I was interested in creating a more rhythmically-driven piece, straying a bit from my usual compositions, but also dealing with the feeling of pushing and pulling. As a result, the work begins with an agitated 5/8 dance with a consistent pulse, oscillating between two simple harmonies, and looped fragmented gestures. It then transitions into a world opposite from that: something that’s spacious, dreamy, vague, but finds clarity and imagery. The final part of the work goes back into a more consistent beat in a loud, rough, and defiant manner.
Feel fragments grabs and juggles through various moods, cells, and ideas, but in an interconnected way.