Snoqualmie Falls 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.
Submergence In the piece, the instruments battle against each other frenetically, pulling each other down while clambering for escape and survival. Light solo melodies symbolize heroism and hope amidst the commotion while a bell chimes in the distance, reminding us that there is a world outside the battle. Harmonies gradually become isolated, then heavier, invoking a feeling of being overwhelmed and submerged.
Scenes From The Odyssey
(a tone poem for trumpet and orchestra)
Scenes From The Odyssey is a tone poem inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Where The Odyssey is told “in medias res” – starting from the midway point then using flashbacks and non-linear storytelling to heighten dramatic tension – Scenes From The Odyssey starts at the chronological beginning of the story – the warriors’ triumphant return from Troy – and ends with shipwreck and the total loss of Odysseus’s crew to Scylla and Charybdis.
The title comes from a term used in film making to describe that which is typically known as the soundtrack. Where diegetic music is music the characters in the scene can hear and react to (a band playing, a radio in the background, etc.) non-diegetic music is heard only by the audience and gives them the emotional cue as how to feel about what’s happening on the screen.
Morceau is a word referring to a short literary or musical work; the playing time for Morceau Is about five minutes. It is based on two motivic ideas.