Pulling in the Light

for mandolin, 2 violins, clarinet, cello, trombone and drum (2006)
duration is c. 13′
commissioned by CrossSound Alaska

Pulling in the Light (2006) for mandolin and mixed ensemble is music for a summer concert in Alaska. The piece invokes a ritual in which the late evening sun is pulled into the concert hall through sound. A trombone, situated outside the hall articulates phrases that are carried through the ensemble in a spatial line to the stage. I imagined the golden sun reflecting off the bell of the trombone and each note is like a beam of light radiating towards the stage. The light beam is pulled from low to high instruments, from the trombone to the cello to the clarinet, and culminating in a small ensemble of high instruments positioned on the stage with the mandolin at the center of this group. A large hand drum inscribes circles around the instruments in a gradually accelerating ritual.


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