When I Dream,
Some Letters Fall Out of My Mouth to Make a Word
for string trio and electronics
Written for the International Contemporary Ensemble
When I Dream, Some Letters Fall Out Of My Mouth To Make a Word was composed for the International Contemporary Ensemble in the fall of 2013. Like my other recent pieces, I have chosen to explore cinematic and literary genres (most recently the western and the noir) in something I like to call “novella form” — Americana that is unapologetically direct, insincerely nostalgic, keenly self-aware, and outrageously maverick in display.
In this piece, stories (fictitious and non-) have been lifted from a collection of imagined shorts about the city of Chicago; in other words, lifted from memories of Chicago I never had.