I prefer living in color for Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, piano

Performance by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble; Tim Weiss, conductor

Premiered Summer 2017

Program Note:

I prefer living in color, written for for bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion, is inspired by David Hockney’s Snail's Pace, a gigantic painted landscape of shapes with a shifting light installation created to represent Los Angeles’s Mulholland Drive. This vivacious artwork impacted the melodic structure and energy in my piece. Beginning with a lyrical melody and morphing to a rock band-like groove, I was imagining the many vibrant colors of Hockney’s painting shifting in and out of foreground and background. These musical structures represent both the changing landscapes in Hockney’s painting and also the energizing curves and changing views found along Mulholland Drive.