When I Dream, Some Letters Fall Out of My Mouth to Make a Word

for string trio and electronics
(2013)

Commissioned by 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. 

PROGRAM

No. 41.    The Long Count
No. 89.    Save Ferris
No. 04.    Vr
No. 112.  L’Inconnue de la Seine 

SCORING:

Violin, Viola, Violoncello,Stereo Playback with Discreet Click Track

DURATION:

11 Minutes

PREMIERE:

10 November 2013
International Contemporary Ensemble
Chicago Cultural Center — Chicago, Illinois

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