Construction STILL in Process… (2016)
Instrumentation: flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass
Construction STILL in Process… is somewhat of a sequel to my piece for Small Chamber Ensemble “Construction in Process…” which had its premiere at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn from 2011, before having a performance at the 2011 June in Buffalo Festival. Ken Thompson, who conducted this premiere, also performed in the Buffalo performance of this predecessor, so I felt a composition in its earlier style would be appropriate. I incorporate similar cells, motives, and textures from the 2011 piece, including forms with overlapping textures and sections. From my 2011 programme notes, I was very intrigued by the “process in itself concept” as it pertains to the act of composing: the “process” of constructing a piece of music is an art in and of itself, rather than the finished product per se. Construction STILL in Process… continues in this tradition, as blocks of parallel fifth motives climbs and builds as a thematic foreground throughout the whole work, but never arrives at a final ending point. As this energetic fast piece is also an embracement to my New York roots, I include the tongue and cheek musical cliché insert “Take the T Train”, which is symbolic to the Second Avenue Local Subway infrastructure that has been in the process of construction for almost a century, though the final result of MTA service STILL remains in limbo. Construction STILL in Process…was premiered at MASS MoCA for the 2016 Bang on a Can Festival on July 25, 2016.