Loneliness in a beautiful place
thin places no. 4
string orchestra version - 2016, ca 9-10 minutes
excerpt 2: fast and flowing
excerpt 1: slow and passionate
Composed originally for the Wyoming Festival - New Music in the Mountains as a string quartet. Winner of the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Orchestrated and conducted by the composer, performed by USC musicians.
Instrumentation - string orchestra
vlns I+II, vla, vcl, db - (divisi a 2 only)
Beautiful places and spaces are inherently mysterious. It is this sense of mystery that imbues these places with a deep calm, especially when alone. The music in Loneliness in a Beautiful Place creates a landscape of questions, with voices that hold their notes (especially trills) for a very long time, before discovering some sort of melodic answer. A chorale hints at something deeper. Near the end the music embraces the landscape, literally scaling up a mountain of notes, before returning to meditation. It is my intention here not to depict the landscape in music, but rather the sense of exploring it.