for flute, bass clarinet, violin, and cello(2020)
I. To Breath
|Commission||Commissioned by Hub New Music with co-commissioners Friends of Chamber Music Denver and Ashmont Hill Chamber Music|
|Premiere||January 16, 2020; via Livestream, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music; Hub New Music|
The title New Addresses was suggested by a collection of poetry by Kenneth Koch, a member of the much-beloved New York School of poets. I was inspired by the immediacy of Koch’s poems and wanted to reflect that in my quartet for the fabulous Boston-based quartet, Hub New Music. Koch’s poems in this collection are addressed, in the second person, to a specific object of interest (the Italian Language, my Father’s Business, Piano Lessons).
Each of the three interconnected movements in New Addresses are inspired by one the poems from this collection. The first, “To Breath,” features the insisting chuffing of the flutist through his instrument. The second “To My Heart at the Close of Day” suggests, via a long violin solo, the author’s shifting mood at dusk. And the last “To ‘Yes’” moved me to write a rhythmic, energetic march that insists, affirmatively, on a same note. It is dedicated, with affection, to Hub.
– Christopher Cerrone