blimunda songs (2017) for pierrot ensemble


blimunda songs is a set of 4 miniatures for pierrot ensemble. While each of these pieces evokes a different mood and character, they are also unified by subtle recurring details: gestures and harmonies that reemerge in each movement, fragments of melodic material that persistently reappear. Although this is not a programmatic work by any means, the title references José Saramago’s novel Baltasar and Blimunda, which contrasts harsh realism with wonder and suffering with humor. I attempted to capture these juxtapositions in the four movements of this piece. The first movement places long sustained chords side by side with quick descending gestures; the second is a dance-like scherzo; the third uses fragmented constellations of sound against breathy backdrop; and the fourth literally and figuratively echoes the first three movements.

Selected Honors 

First Prize — Webster University 2018 Young Composer’s Competition

Selected in SCI 2018 National Conference Call for Scores

First Prize — Frost 2018 Composition Competition

Selected Performances

September 2018 — performed at SCI National Conference by members of IU New Music Ensemble in Bloomington, IN

February 2018 — performed by Ensemble Ibis at Frost School of Music in Miami, FL

July 2017 — premiered by AMF Contemporary Ensemble as part of Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME