Collision is an octet divided by family into four duos: woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. Throughout the piece, each instrumental pair plays similar or at least complimentary material. On a larger level, the percussion takes on a very prominent role in the piece and the other instruments tend to provide commentary or accompaniment to it. However, as the piece nears its mid-point, the instrumentalists become more prominent and eventually take over the leadership role entirely for the middle section. The final section features a balanced relationship between all the players. Each performer is now independent and contributes to a more complex texture. The music reaches a final intense climax that utilizes the entire sonic force of the ensemble.
Clarinet in B-flat
Trumpet in B-flat
Horn in F
PREMIEREOctober 24, 2009
Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX
Izumi Miyahara (fl.), Carlos Cordeiro (cl.), Robert Lares (tpt.), Nicholas Hartman (hn.), Brittany Henry (vln.), Benjamin Whitman (vc.), Becca Hook (perc.), Chris Slagle (perc.), Cristian Măcelaru (cond.)