Instrumentation: chamber orchestra [1, 1, 1, 1 – 1, 1, 1, 1 – piano, strings]
Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds
As a child, I recall being amazed at a certain family quilt. I knew that each patch carried a story although many of these tales had yet to be told. A well-loved heirloom, this quilt retained its beauty and charm in spite of several portions that began to fade or become threadbare.
Like patches of fabric being stitched together, the themes in Of Tattered Threads and Recollections reshape and build upon one another the more they intersect. They do not represent any specific narratives in particular but my fascination with the ways in which memories, like a patchwork quilt, seem to develop a newfound beauty as some stories are retold and embellished while other threads are gradually forgotten.
Of Tattered Threads and Recollections was commissioned by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and premiered on December 12th, 2020 under the baton of Geoffrey Larson.