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Impressions Ephemeral, Op. 58 (2014)

For Reed Quintet

Live Performance:

Matthew Harms, oboe; Joe Clark, Bb clarinet; Anne Kunkle, soprano saxophone; Anjali Sivaainkaran, bass clarinet; Garrett Jones, bassoon

Duration: 3'30"

Instrumentation:

  • Oboe
  • Bb Clarinet
  • Soprano Sax
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon

Program Notes:

"Impressions Ephemeral" was written over the winter break of my sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music. My first work for reed quintet, it explores a variety of textural possibilities - both those encouraged by the harder sounds of reed instruments and those that belie it. The idea of cross-rhythm pervades all of these textures, especially three against four: this should be brought out in varying degrees, as indicated by articulation markings. Rather than fully developing each texture, they are allowed to gently flow and interweave from one to the next, giving fleeting glimpses - ephemeral impressions - of what might be possible.