ensemble solo string quartet and orchestra (1=picc.126.96.36.199-2.1-perc(2)-str.)
duration 10 minutes
written summer 2008
written for New York Youth Symphony
premièred March 22, 2009, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
published by Andres & Sons Bakery
A solo string quartet is the protagonist in this chamber-like music.
I’ve been thinking about the particular state of mind of a senior, that peculiar combination of expectancy, finality, boredom, and bewilderment that comes at the end of an important but mixed experience.
Senior is a bit sad, but not sentimental— or rather, whenever the music seems about to lapse into premature nostalgia, some new bauble comes along to distract it.