Sums of Parts


for woodwind quintet (2011)



Recording by the Washington Square Winds, 2014.

Performed by the West Point Woodwind Quintet on January 29, 2012 as part of the Composer's Voice concert series.


5 1/2 min.

Program Notes

During the initial stages of writing Sums of Parts, I saw a performance of Evan Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali at BAM.  The opera featured a gamelan orchestra performing with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.  I was fascinated with the complex interlocking elements and evolving patterns, as well as the sudden unexpected moments when everything would coalesce.  These ideas persisted during the writing of Sums, and this interplay of repeating patterns and melodic fragments, along with a pointillistic hammering texture, became the basis of the piece.


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