Horror Vacui (PREMIERE)


Horror Vacui [14′]
flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (for the Nouveau Classical Project)       Score

Commissioned by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at The University of Maryland for The Nouveau Classical Project

Program Note:
Horror Vacui (a fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces, especially in an artistic composition) was composed during the Summer and Fall of 2016 for the Nouveau Classical Project.

1. Prelude (catalogue of notes)
2. Monochord (fantasia)
3. Interlude 1
4. Bookend 1
5. Interlude 2
6. Vacui
7. Interlude 3
8. Bookend 2 (postlude)

…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! And since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee…
-Moby Dick, Herman Melville

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

The sea sparkled far and wide in the last glow of evening; … The fog rose, the water surged. The gull flew back and forth; …
-Am Meer
, Heinrich Heine (fragment)


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