Tensor (2014) 7:30′
for small orchestra
2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bsn, 2hn, 2tpt, 2 perc, pn, hp, 76442

premiere pending

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Orchestra assembled by University of Chicago, featuring members of CSO and Dal Niente
Cliff Colnot, cond.

In mathematics and physics, a tensor refers to an operation on a vector or vector field. In this short work for orchestra, four contrasting musical objects are like arrows pointing in markedly different directions. As the objects are gradually juxtaposed, grown, and layered, the flow of tension between them is alternately cut, stretched, and compressed. Tensor is one of several recent works in which I’ve been interested in opening windows into multiple aesthetics or stylistic points of reference – often on formal scales as small as that of a single phrase.