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ghost is born

for clarinet + bassoon + harp

Commissioned by and dedicated to Jessica Pollack (Chamber Music with Friends).

Duration: ca. 5'45"

Premiere: January 5, 2018 | Rockledge, FL | Jessica Pollack (clarinet), JJ Sechan (bassoon), and Haley Rhodeside (harp)

Program Notes

The primary overarching concept of ghost is born is the idea of something that is not real emerging from what is real. This is represented musically by the sound in between the actual music happening: sound that is perceived, but not necessarily intended. 

A major example of this is the “spectral rumble” at the beginning as heard in the harp. The low tones in the harp are meant to clash together in dissonance, resulting in resultant pitches that are much higher in frequency than the notes being performed. This concept also appears throughout the piece, as in the woodwind keyclicks and tone-color trills.

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