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The Analyst, movement III

Wow, have I not updated this since October? Busy busy – lots going on in my brain and musically, I guess not so much time to document it on the old bloggy-blog.  I can at least take the time to share this – since “score selfies” are all the rage at my music composition MFA program (Vermont College of Fine Arts), here’s the cover page to my most recent opus, movement iii of The Analyst.

 

the analyst cover page

 

Movements I and II were already performed (awesomely) at the last residency by Ken Thompson, Gregg August, John Benthal and Fung Chern Hwei:

…it tells the story of a financial analyst who rides the wave of the subprime mortgage boom to great profits – until it all goes bust and he loses everything.

This final movement will be performed in February. It’s for a quartet of speaking singers who play the roles of angels and argue about whether or not the analyst should be let into heaven. I’m looking forward to it – I’ve always loved pieces that use a the voice in unconventional ways (Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, Stockhausen’s Stimmung) and this was a lot of fun to work on.

Onward and upward!

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