ensemble Pierrot ensemble & percussion (flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, percussion, and piano)
duration 14 minutes
written winter 2014
commissioned by eighth blackbird
premièred June 27, 2015, Great Lakes Festival, Detroit, MI
published by ↪︎ Project Schott New York
recorded ↪︎ Hand Eye, Cedille Records CDR 90000 162
The patterned pen-and-ink abstractions of Astrid Bowlby—and by association, the work of Edward Gorey—inspired the textures of Checkered Shade.
The piece is structured as a gradual zoom outward; tiny fragments of repeated material resolve into larger patterns, which, at the urging of the violin, eventually coalesce into an expressive chorale.