PENTIMENTI

Instrumentation: fl, ob, cl, bsn, tpt, hn, tmb, 2 perc, pf, vn, va, vc, db

Written for for the University of Iowa Center for New Music (David Gompper, dir.) who premiered the work on February 12, 2017, at the University of Iowa.

The word "pentimento" refers to a visible trace of an image previously painted on a canvas that shows through the surface image. A guiding principle in Pentimenti for large ensemble is the constant emerging of elements through the musical texture — timbral colors blend in a variety of ways, loud attacks give way to latent resonances, hidden melodies surface and recede. Formally, the piece is constructed in three conjoined sections. An opening marked initially by stark contrasts between loud tutti chords and pregnant silences becomes increasingly active rhythmically and texturally before leading to a slower middle section of timbrally–revolving chords, reminiscent of Schoenberg’s "Farben" from Op.16. In the final section, the activity returns bringing a recapitulation of the opening’s stark contrasts, creating a kind of arch (ABCBA) formal structure.