Momenta (2016)

for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Duration: 7 minutes

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Momenta was composed for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. When trying to title this piece, I determined that the overarching feeling in the music was a sense of momentum. The momentum of three musical ideas pushes through the work to the end, despite meditative moments of stillness and dramatic pauses. The first is the downward gesture, often articulated through glissandi. The second idea consists of repeated notes pushing forward. For me, both of these ideas inspire a sense of physicality and movement, which is contrasted by the ethereal potential energy of persistently interjecting major-major seventh chords on A-flat. These three ideas collide in an intense sonata form movement.