Corbin Foster was born in the drizzle of Bellevue, WA. He was raised in North Bend, WA, the next town over from Snoqualmie, WA. He holds a Bachelor of Music, Composition cum laude from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach. As a bassist, he has performed with the Southland Symphony Orchestra, Moreno Valley Wind Symphony, and Redlands Community Orchestra. His works have been performed by Eclipse Quartet, the Robin Cox Ensemble, and Psychic Temple. He has managed and served on the board for the Redlands Community Orchestra in over a dozen performances ever since its inception in 2013.
Snoqualmie Falls, for orchestra, was written for the Redlands Community Orchestra, in celebration of its 5th season (2017-2018). When considering the first few seasons, it is remarkable to realize how many things have changed. At the same time, though, much has stayed the same. Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 ft waterfall on the Snoqualmie river in Washington. Along with being one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, it is also located near where the composer was born. After a recent trip back, Snoqualmie Falls is inspired by the experience of the passing time and how change is perceived in relation to duration, much as a waterfall can be nearly the same for centuries. The work begins articulated by undulating strings, adding the additional instruments, one at a time. Wind and brass instruments form between the peaks, fading in and out as the work unfolds. Over the course of the composition new rhythmic textures are added.
Listen to the recording of the RCO’s performance of Corbin’s piece from November 12, 2017:
Listen to Corbin talk about composing in a live recording of the “Ask the Composer” session during the concert: