With New Eyes

Program Notes:

The title for this piece has a double meaning: a reference to a song that inspired this piece and the long-term purpose of this piece.
In May of 2020, I was going through some old files on my computer and stumbled upon a VERY early piece of mine, composed sometime when I was in high school and probably when I was around 17 years old. 10 years later, I listened to it again with a fresh perspective. And while most of it sounded very simple and naive, there was a snippet of this early piece that caught my attention, something that I could use to create something new. I recognized this snippet as a portion of the melody from Bjork’s song “New World” from her album Selmasongs, music from the movie “Dancer in the Dark”. The movie describes the plight of a woman who is going blind but needs to continue working to support her son, so that he may receive eye surgery to prevent a similar fate.
I used this cell of music to create something that is more representative of me as a composer today, at the age of 27 (hence the name of this first movement).
But beyond that, I also envisioned this piece as something that grows as I grow as a composer. So I plan to compose a new movement for this piece every 10 years, so that it may yet again be revisited with new eyes.

Instrumentation:

  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass