fl, ob, cl, 2 perc, steel string gtr, 12 string gtr, vln*, vla*, vcl*.
*amplified solo strings or a section of strings.
• Premiere: September 2008 at the “Strange Beautiful Music II Marathon” by NEW MUSIC DETROIT in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI.
• Subsequent performances in June 2010 by THE ORCHESTRA OF THE LEAGUE OF COMPOSERS in Miller Theatre of Columbia University in New York, NY and in October, 2011 by the CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Leshner Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA, Nicholas McGegan, conductor.
DACCA:DECCA:GaFfA was written for New Music Detroit’s “Strange Beautiful Music II” marathon concert in September 2008, for which I was a composer-in-residence. The piece is in three sections and is based on a series of chords as spelled out in the title. Over the course of the work, the different families of the ensembles perform the underlying chord progression at different rates. The harmony of all three families lining up on the same chord happens exactly fifteen times. Steel-string acoustic guitars of six and twelve strings are placed at opposing sides of the stage to create the main backdrop of the chord progression. Over this, the bowed strings move through the progression at a faster rate, with the glockenspiel and xylophone close behind. The three winds have flourishes of arpeggios that go through the chords of each section at a rapid pace which create a filigree texture over the harmonies.