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Disconsolacy (original work for piano quintet)

This piece was the final work for my winter quarter composition individual lessons (more to happen in spring) with my mentor/adviser at UCLA. I was instructed to focus on making the work contrapuntal, polyrhythmical, polymodal (along with other concepts like finding unique harmonies within certain modes). For inspiration I drew from Bach, Villa-Lobos, Bartók, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, all of which gave me different rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic devices to work from. The piece is very complicated (I’d show the score but…don’t want the music stolen), as on top of all the polyrhythms, key changes, and simultaneous (contrasting) modes, Disconsolacy also contains shifting time signatures (quite often). I wanted to write a work that is unnerving and beautiful contrasted in a very approachable way. Hopefully I did that.

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