A Columbine

instrumentation :  extended-range glockenspiel

2010
duration :  9’40”
commissioned by Trevor Saint
premiere :  12.01.10 by Trevor Saint, Gate to Heaven Synagogue | Madison, WI


        This piece, written for percussionist Trevor Saint’s new extended-range glockenspiel, takes its form, rhythmic ordering, and pitches from the Fibonacci sequence. Plants such as the columbine grow based on the same sequence of numbers, often displaying radial symmetry in groups of five. I find that as I look at a columbine my gaze is focused at the center, and then gradually spirals outwards. Similarly, this piece begins with the densest section, and slowly thins as it reaches the edges of growth.