This work was written for Christina Guenther and Ron Petti and their performances in September and October 2016. The title is stolen from a line of the William Carlos Williams poem “At the Ball Game”.
The crowd at the ball gameis moved uniformlyby a spirit of uselessnesswhich delights them—all the exciting detailof the chaseand the escape, the errorthe flash of genius—all to no end save beautythe eternal—So in detail they, the crowd,are beautifulfor thisto be warned againstsaluted and defied—It is alive, venomousit smiles grimlyits words cut—The flashy female with hermother, gets it—The Jew gets it straight— itis deadly, terrifying—It is the Inquisition, theRevolutionIt is beauty itselfthat livesday by day in themidly—This isthe power of their facesIt is summer, it is the solsticethe crowd ischeering, the crowd is laughingin detailpermanently, seriouslywithout thought
This work for haegeum and viola was written specifically for Soo-yeon Lyuh and Ellen Ruth Rose. The title was plucked from the common misquote of John Muir. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
This bass clarinet quartet was written for Jeff Anderle’s newest album of bass clarinet music.
Written for and recorded at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco
October 18, 2015
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This piece was written for and commissioned by Jarring Sounds (Danielle Sampson + Adam Cockerham) for their June 2016 “Elegy” themed concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The text is adapted from a portion of the Latin inscription above the tomb of Henry Purcell.
Applaud so great a guest, Celestial powers.
Who now resides with you, but once was ours.
Dy’d! No, he lives while yonder organ sounds
and sacred echoes to the choir rebound.