for large chamber ensemble (2017)
1 fl/pic, 1 oboe/eh, 1 cl in Bb/bcl, 1 bsn/cbsn,
4 saxophones (SATB), 1 Hrn, 1 Tpt in C, 1 Trmb, Tuba,
3 perc., Hp, Pno/Cel,
Str (5 players) 2 Vlns, Vla, Cello, Bass
*Strings can be increased to a chamber size of 18.104.22.168.3
if the conductor so chooses.
Pulse was premiered by the Contemporary Directions Ensemble under the direction of Oriol Sans at the University of Michigan on the inaugural concert of the 2017 Midwest Composers Symposium.
My conception of Pulse began as a long contemplation of daily life as we know it, combined with thoughts of life in nature. The universe seems to have this natural rhythm to it. It is as if every living and moving thing we are aware and unaware of is being held together by a mysterious, resolute force. Pulse is an episodic rhapsody that explores several phases and colorful variants of rhythm all held together by an unwavering pulse. Each episode is meant to symbolize a different scenario of life for the listener, be it a buzzing modern metropolis, a deep wilderness abundant with animalia, or the scenic endless abyss of the ocean. All of these worlds and their philosophical meanings are then brought together in a contemplative theme of "unification" in the strings that symbolizes our deep connection as living beings to everything within, over, under, and around us.