ensemble flute, clarinet, bass, electric guitar, and piano
duration 7 minutes
written fall 2006
commissioned by Yale College New Music for NOW Ensemble
premièred December 7, 2006, New Haven, CT
published by Andres & Sons Bakery
The Night Jaunt described a long nocturnal walk, perhaps solitary, or perhaps with a friend. It was originally written for two pianos as part of Shy and Mighty, and subsequently orchestrated for the peerless NOW Ensemble.
You know that feeling of calm speed and momentum you get when driving down a smooth road at night? No bumps, no scares, just in the groove, one with the car and the road and the moonlight? I hope so, because it’s wonderful. The gentle pulse of…plucked bass, the fleet, effortless ribbons of melody spinning out from guitar, flute, piano and clarinet recreated that feeling. The music came to a gentle stop and stood still on resonant chords as open as the starry sky over two-lane blacktop in the middle of nowhere.
—Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest