for Orchestra (2019)
[3fl (3pic.). 2+Eh. 3Cl (3bcl). 2+cbsn - 4/3/3/1-t.3p.hp.pno/cel-str]
*Also available in alternate/reduced instrumentation here
*Study Score also available
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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.
*First performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero on
September 9th, 2019 in Laura Turner Concert Hall at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN for the
NSO 2019 Composer Lab Showcase.