frigia (2011)

Commission: Lunar Ensemble

Duration: 13 minutes

Premiere: March 2012 | Lunar Ensemble | Baltimore MD

Performance: May 2012 | New Music Brandeis | Waltham MA
August 2012 | Chamber Sounds | Singapore [alternate instrumentation]
October 2012 | Israel Contemporary Players | Tel Aviv, Israel [alternate instrumentation]
March 2013 | Acoustic Uproar | Boston MA [alternate instrumentation]
March 2013 | Lunar Ensemble | New Orleans LO [alternate instrumentation]
October 2017 | Rote Hund Muzik | Athens GA

Instrumentation: flute (doubling alto flute), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), piano, violin, cello and soprano

Alternate Instrumentation: flute (doubling alto flute), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), piano, violin, and cello

Program Information:
frigia
 is inspired by the changing foilage of the New England fall and winter seasons, and is set to text written by the composer. Like the text, the piece is a skewed palindrome, with the outer sections mirrored around the word ‘frigia‘. The music’s noir and psychedelic qualities, painted in part by the low soprano writing and the juxtaposition of microtonal and diatonic clusters in the instrumental ensemble, are a reflection on the composer’s reinterpretation of beauty.

The word frigia is from the Flash Gordon comic series, where it the name of an ultra-modern ice kingdom ruled by Queen Fria, on the rogue planet Mongo.

Text:
leaf tombe [leaf falls]

splashes of red
cruel bite
bled their beauty away

frigia, all is withdrawn

bleach of silence
without breath
frost-coated embers decay

雪 jatuh [snow falls]

– text by the composer

risus vulputate, Praesent consequat. accumsan quis ut commodo dictum ut elit. porta.