Intercepting a Shivery Light
for saxophone quartetsoprano sax, soprano sax, alto or tenor sax, alto or baritone sax (2012)
|Commission||This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.|
Dedicated to the Anubis Saxophone Quartet.
|Premiere||March 28, 2012; Nichols Concert Hall, Chicago, IL; Anubis Saxophone Quartet|
Commissioned by Chamber Music America, and premiered by the Anubis Quartet, Intercepting a Shivery Light (2011) dissolves all four musicians into a single quasi-electronic texture built upon auditory illusions. Much of its perceived linear gestures, microtonality, and polyphonic expansions and contractions are absent from the score; they only exist as aural entities that emerge from the written material, like a hidden aural dimension that only reveals itself when the work is played and heard. The title is both an allusion to the sonic image created by the work and an anagram related to the trigger of the main idea: the line "there are two colors in my head," from the lyrics of Radiohead's Everything In Its Right Place.