Internal States

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and electronics
Brightwork newmusic: Sara Andon, flute/ alto flute ; Brian Walsh, clarinet/bass clarinet;
Tereza Stanislav, violin; Margaret Parkins, cello; Aron Kallay, piano; Nick Terry, percussion
Drinkward Hall, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

sheet music available at http://composers.com

Internal States reflects, as all music does, inner states that we all experience.

"Doubt" hovers between two harmonic worlds. An unsettled texture breaks into consonant major/minor sonority with some frequency. Just as often it remains locked in a paralyzed isometric state, unsure of where to go. Searching solo lines sometimes find resolution, sometimes continue the search. Just when the music might blossom into a clear resolution it takes an unexpected turn and ends with a quiet truce.

"Reverie" mingles cloudy textures with expressive solo lines in an often dark but ambiguous dreamscape.

"Celebration," dances. A lot.

Internal States was commissioned by Brightwork newmusic, whose expressive and virtuosic playing were a constant inspiration.