Sinfonietta (2013) (7′)
Jacob Walls, conductor
11.19.13 Beall Hall, Eugene, Ore.
[The version on Soundcloud uses a revised ending recorded in 2014 at the Atlantic Music Festival.]
ON THE PIECE
This “sinfonietta,” or small symphony, for sixteen instrumentalists inscribes a musical terrain that is at once angular and incisive, yet also warm and familiar. The concise contrapuntal dialogue that begins the piece gives rise to a driving, motoric passage integrating counterpoint with ostinato. Some later passages continue this integration, while others focus on one technique alone. Following the final hard-driving moment, the piece concludes with a series of sparsely scored but still very incisive passages, the last for contrabass and marimba with sparse wind accompaniment.