The Location of Lines (2017) for orchestra.
Performed by the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Alexander Popovici, conductor.
The Location of Lines was inspired by the results of the conceptual compositional techniques of painter Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). I was amazed at LeWitt's early conceptual experiments with all drawing that would become his legacy. In several of these pieces, LeWitt prescribed fragile and delicate pencil lines to create a grand, yet understated design that becomes integrated with the architecture of the space. In this way, I have attempted to expand out from a single monophonic line across the orchestra. This line is never stated singularly, but is self-reinforcing and unfolds into orchestra, creating a larger architecture. The soft, understated dynamics, the blurred articulations, and kaleidoscopic harmonic language that is developed by this melodic line is intended to parallel LeWitt's prescriptions in a sonic environment. A sonification of space, here relates to the scale of LeWitt's work; where in scale, visual art becomes a temporal experience itself. The title of this piece is derived by a 1975 series of etchings by LeWitt of the same name (imaged here). This piece was partially written while i was artist in residence at Arts Letter & Numbers, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.