Constellations and Bones

Constellations and bones – Full Score

Composed for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Instrumentation: flute (piccolo, alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and, percussion
Duration: 6′ 45″
Spring 2016

Constellations and Bones explores two versions of turbulence that move towards stillness. The first section is inspired by the structure of an avalanche: icy matter quickly descends, then begins to settle, until finally only vapor and dust remain suspended in the air. While the second section imagines a new cascade emerging from the winter thaw as ice begins to break up, forms streams of flowing water, and collects in placid lakes and pools. Ultimately, the piece questions—what lies hidden beneath the snow? What remains after the tumult? What endures?