A recording of Everything Happens So Much, the piece I wrote for the Boston Symphony, is out today. You can listen to it on the streaming service of your choice and also buy a CD if you enjoy that sort of thing. Also on the album: BSO commissions by friends & colleagues Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis.
True to its cryptic title, Everything Happens So Much pivots between two different kinds of simultaneity. The opening is an orchestral sequencer gradually gathering complexity and momentum, perfectly aligned to a 32nd-note grid. Its mirror image (counter-counterpoint?) is suspended, floating, a little woozy; instruments circle each other, never quite agreeing, each with its own sense of time. I wanted to maintain the illusion of multiple independent instances of rubato which somehow “magically” align to create a distinct harmonic direction. The result is a piece which feels a bit like one of those taffy-pulling machines: alternately stretching and slackening, but always churning.
I’m grateful for the virtuosity and dedication of the Boston Symphony musicians and their conductor, Andris Nelsons, in bringing this dense score to life, as well as to Nick Squire for his wizardry and patience in the editing and mixing process.