Commissioned: The Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
Premiere: Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble
Duration: nine minutes
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello
FINDING BREATH is about the process of meditation. It begins with tense layers of sound, each vying for our attention, much like the million thoughts running through our minds every day. After reaching a breaking point, the music starts to relax into a slowing, regular breathing pattern, illustrated by the ensemble’s crescendo (inhale) and diminuendo (exhale) pattern. This breathing unveils a simple, clear melodic idea as a result of the meditative, focused breathing.