Instrumentation: Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Piano, and Pre-Recorded Audio
Commission: Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Notes: Falling is based on a James Dickey poem of the same name that traces a flight attendant’s fall from an airplane (based on an actual New York Times article). In this piece, I integrate an old LP recorded reading of the poem by the author. The interwoven recorded and sung text and accompanying music kaleidoscopically detail the flight attendant’s intense and transformative psychological and physical journey to the ground.
Availability: Plurabelle Music Publishing (Distributed by Subito Music Corp.)
World Premiere: July 19, 2013, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, City Theatre, Pittsburgh
Notable Performances: May 18, 2015, New York New Music Ensemble, Jamie Jordan, soprano, Merkin Hall, New York City