SHORTCUT THROUGH THE CITY (2016)

for string orchestra

Duration: ca. 3'

Composed for Bill Makin and the Ithaca High School Symphonic Strings

Winner of the 2017 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest Division I Class B

PROGRAM NOTES:

I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to compose a new piece for Bill Makin and the Ithaca High School Symphonic Strings - writing for school ensembles has always been one of my greatest passions, and I knew that the ensemble was made up of immensely talented students eager for a challenge. Despite my excitement, I ran into writer’s block early on in the process. My teacher at the time, Dr. Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, suggested I try spending some time outdoors at a park to try to find inspiration, so I went to watch the sunset at one of my favorite spots: the lighthouse at Myers Park in Lansing, NY. Nothing musical struck me while I was there, but on my drive home, I made more than a few wrong turns in the one-way streets of the city of Ithaca. As a result, Shortcut Through the City (2016) was born, inspired by the landscape of Ithaca (both natural and manmade) and the feeling of becoming lost in a familiar place.

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