Cl-2(2-bcl), Bn-2(2-cbn) / Hn-4, Tp-2, Tbn-2, Btbn, Tba / timp, 2-perc / strings
March 13, 2014
Boston Conservatory Composer's Orchestra,
Eric Hewitt conductor.
Asylum is my very first piece for orchestra. I felt like a crazy person trying to grapple with all of the potential and possibilities of writing for a large ensemble. The piece revolves around one melody which weaves itself through several different scenarios. The mood is constantly shifting, from joyous to tragic. It opens with a scrape of the tam-tam, which grows into a contrabassoon solo. The rest of the orchestra begins to emerge from the muck, until the burst into the main melody. The melody travels through several episodes, until becoming engulfed by a sinister outburst by the brass and percussion. The piece ends back in the same uncomfortable space that it begins.