Broken Clockwork (2018)

for chamber orchestra [ca. 9 minutes]

Instrumentation

Fl. (dbl. Picc.) | Ob. (1) | Cl. Bb (1) | Bsn. (1) | Hn. F (1) | Tpt Bb (1) | Tbn. (1) | Tuba (1) | Piano | Strings (22221) or (11111)
Percussion (Tam-tam, Glockenspiel, Wood Blocks [5], and Bass Drum)

Program Note

Broken Clockwork is a decoration of pulse. The piece begins in a rhythmically amorphous limbo followed by a series of variations in an upbeat, grid-like pulse. There are sections that bounce, sections that grumble, and sections that operate with mechanical precision. At the end, time falls apart and returns to an ambiguous limbo. 

Link to a version for quartet.