Letter Writing (PDF Score and Parts)

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Letter Writing (PDF Score and Parts)

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For a long time, I had a phase in which I “teenage rebelled” against the music of Brahms. Everything seemed overly romanticized and strict at the same time, which did not at all appeal to my somewhat minimalist/somewhat modernist esthetic. After being over that phase for sometime now, I feel as though I must repent and make up for lost time. 

Letter Writing has to do with how the music of both Brahms and Schumann is, in a way, in correspondence. This line of influence of musical correspondence ends with me, being the much lesser of the other two composers. The piece consists of three informal sections (not really movements).

"Mühlfeld-Lieder" extracts musical material by Brahms and is recontextualized into something in relation to a 'song without words'. The main themes are introduced and developed with increasing harmonic complexity as the section progresses.

"Multiple Lanes (or Boston IA)" is music completely in development. Both the clarinet and piano go down several musical 'rabbit holes', get turned around, and end up back at the place they started. Inspired by the multiple ways to get out/turned around in the Boston IA tunnel going out of Logan Airport. 

"Postlude" connects the music from the first section with music that looks further back to Beethoven by using a brief accompaniment tune that is both Beethoven and Schumann-esque in nature (reminiscent of the Largo from the Op. 7 piano sonata) . The piece ends with the piano playing a fragmented version of the main theme at the upper end of the piano.

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