|Premiere||March 19, 2017; Scholes Street Studio; Brooklyn, New York; Karl Larson, piano|
Somewhat by accident, Dark Days was written during America's 2017 presidential inauguration ceremony. In an effort to ignore the event, I went on an internet blackout for 3 days. During that internet black out, I wrote Dark Days as a short study on a 4-note cluster which is perpetually redistributed in a hazy decaying harmonic field. At the moment I completed the composition, I broke my media fast and looked at the internet only to find I had composed the piece at the exact time that the official transition of power was taking place. It was at this moment I found the work’s title.
– Scott Wollschleger