Moon Marked (2016)
for Clarinet and Trumpet
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication: for Chris Gekker
Commission: Commissioned by Chris Gekker
Moon Marked (2016) was written for trumpeter Chris Gekker. A figure (acciaccatura-like) is heard at the very start of the work. It forms the basis of the piece’s musical material. The loose poetic image behind the music is one of internal transformation after passing through a shared experience. Some astronauts have commented on how they are forever changed by their interstellar voyages and that their life back on earth is not quite the same. After the largely energetic opening section, two slower inner sections explore different landscapes; in the second of these sections, the two instruments are uncoordinated metrically (freely floating in their own space). The opening music returns, but with differences this time.