Cl., Bsn., Tpt., Tbn., Perc., Vln., Db. – 7 minutes
Marionette was composed for Sleeping Giant’s collaboration with Ensemble ACJW. Tasked with creating a companion piece to L’Histoire du Soldat, each Giant crafted a very personal response to the Stravinsky. We called the collection Histories because through developing our responses it was as if we were all discovering our own personal histories with the work.
For my piece Marionette I approached L’Histoire like a puppeteer. I selected two beats of Stravinskian ephemera, and then cut, layered and reordered them to create something new. Geppetto-like, I carved musical phrases from this composite material. As the piece unfolds, the phrases develop in a tentative, somewhat awkward way, gaining confidence as they grow, yet never losing a sense of their intrinsic, mismatched construction. Eventually, the music fully embraces its jagged edges and rough hewn seams, reveling in its idiosyncrasies as it reaches a loud, boisterous culmination.
Marionette was commissioned by The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
Check out an excerpt from the Deviant Septet’s April 2012 performance of the piece:
Premiere 2.10.12 Ensemble ACJW, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
New York Premiere 2.14.12 Ensemble ACJW, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY