Premiered by the Michigan State Trumpet Ensemble at ITG 2015 Conference in Columbus, Ohio
“I saw Times Square, bright and full of light, yet I couldn’t see the stars…”
That was something I wrote on a recent visit to New York City and is one of the ideas behind “New York light”. I always enjoy spending time in NYC because of the music, arts, and creative energy. This past trip was more contemplative for me, and this piece is a reflection on the observations and experiences I had.
The work consists of four untitled movements, which are paired in groups of two. One could think of movement 2 as a meditation on movement 1, and likewise movement 4 as a reflection on movement 3 and the piece as a whole. There are many recurring themes and motives throughout the work. Many of these themes make use of the whole tone scale and there is also a great deal of chromaticism. An underlying chromatic theme is present in every movement, though often in subtle ways.