That Which Pushes Back is its Force
for saxophone and piano(2016)
|Commission||Commissioned by James Fusik and Karl Larson|
|Premiere||October 14, 2016; Augustana College; Rock Island, Illinois; James Fusik, saxophone • Karl Larson, piano|
That Which Pushes Back is its Force came about through my reflection and interpretation on the significant role rage has played throughout human existence. Understandably rage is normally not considered virtuous or socially acceptable – but rage may also be seen as a deep expression of the will to live. I believe it is a root force that compels us to fight against injustice and oppression. Rage can be a significant power if properly cultivated. When transformed into the social realm rage changes the world. So the question for me is: how do we transform our rage into something that does good? That Which Pushes Back is its Force renders a moment of reflection on the intensive seed within us that causes rage. The opening clusters of the work I felt were a metaphor for this seed, and the seed is transformed throughout the work, sometimes to a brutal end, and sometimes to an unexpectedly tender one.
– Scott Wollschleger