For string orchestra and harp
Duration: 10 minutes
Commissioned by: Sharon Lavery
Premiered by: The Downey Symphony Orchestra
The first iteration of 5 Variations on Loss and Isolations was written in 2012 while I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. The most challenging aspect of my time in Sin City was that my family lived 250 miles away, and I was only able to see them every few weeks. And as anyone who has ever lived in Las Vegas knows, the sense of isolation among the scads of gambling and thrill-seeking crowds can be overwhelming at times. So to address this part of life, I composed this piece.
The variations here are of extra-musical ideas; in other words, the first section of the piece is the first variation on my ideas of loss and isolation. Each subsequent variation uses the same melodic motives in varying ways. The theme that closes each section is also related to another theme of mine that appears in other works and represents love, though here is presented as a type of inversion and a lament.
5 Variations on Loss and Isolations began its life as a piece for string quartet. The arrangement for string orchestra and harp was orchestrated for Sharon Lavery and the Downey Symphony Orchestra.