Map of My Room

Map of My Room

[performed live by the Ludovico Ensemble]
instrumentation :  flute + bass clarinet + violin + cimbalom

2009
duration :  11’10”
written for the Ludovico Ensemble
premiere :  02.04.10 by the Ludovico Ensemble | Boston


        Rather than look to the outside world for subject matter, I chose to write music which deals with the very personal environment of the space where I live. The piece acts as an examination, and thus traces no development. The piece progresses as if following a map- the path is linear, but not straight. The balance between tension and stasis is symbolic of my understanding of the relationship I have cultivated with my small environment.
        Following this contour from disorder to understanding, the music begins with a foundational harmony which gradually dissolves into looser—but still related—harmonies that serve as vehicles for textural transformation. The harmonic tension follows a path from greatest at the outset to least at the end. Each musical event is like a new angle of viewing an object; it retains its essential shape, but offers new understanding. As musical events merge into one, the objects blend together, eventually giving way to a holistic sense of the musical environment.