for flute, clarinet, french horn, trombone, piano, harp, percussion, two violins, viola, cello, contrabass and live electronics (Max/MSP) (9:30)
Written for the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble
WORLD PREMIERE: February 14, 2008, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, Steven Taylor, conductor
February 14, 2008, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, Steven Taylor, conductor
An ecotope is a small section of the physical environment that supports all of the plant and animal life that inhabits it. This piece is based upon ideas about living in an environment and about interdependence. Every single decision, every action we make as humans affects other people, places, and creatures. No person, no animal, no corporation acts alone, but each of us contributes to the whole. If you step back, or outside of your immediate view, the individual quickly looses definition and blurs together with the rest of nature. In this piece, ideas of individuality, groups, and interdependence are reflected in the element of musical texture, which provides the formal structure of the work.
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