Restless (2012)

flute, bass clarinet, singer-pianist (or piano & soprano) 10'

Commissioned by Trillium Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA

Premiere May 2011 Forest Hills, PA

Restless sets a Greenlandic poem (translated into English) about that feeling of being cooped up, anxious, ready to burst out of the city and spend some time alone in the country. Musical sections evoke a timeless stasis, jazz-inflected counterpoint, a bombastic climax, and a long, slow snowfall. The piece can be performed with three players (fl, bs. cl, and singer doubling piano), or four.