Works

Evidence

2016 / For orchestra

The basic difference between music and religion is music’s fondness for evidence.

Music-making – at least as I understand it – is a religious practice, but music doesn’t have much time for faith. You wouldn’t trust a composer or performer who says “I know my music doesn’t sound that great, but…take my word for it.” Good music both enacts and embodies. It’s both an act of praise and evidence of some other order, a consciousness, a presence. It speaks to us of some “elsewhere” by manifesting burnt traces of that elsewhere.

 

The basic difference between music and religion is music’s fondness for evidence.

I find the word “evidence” inexplicably beautiful. Even the Merriam-Webster definition – awkwardly worded, at first glance – feels resonant: “something which shows that something else exists or is true.” When a piece of music is convincing on its own terms – when it earns its affirmations, or when it seduces us into some landscape that we would have thought uninhabitable – hasn’t it manifested the presence of some other, self-sufficient world? Sure, it’s a world that the composer dreamed up, literally an “imaginary” one – but to me that’s even more exciting: it means she or he has revealed some hidden powers lurking within the materials of this world.

The image that kept returning to me as I worked on Evidence was that of a journey from shore to shore in some challenging element – maybe a sea journey, or a journey through space. Whatever the element is, I wanted to see if I could get from one shore to the other.

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Listen to four excerpts from Evidence, premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Aucoin conducting in May 2016

 

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Details

For orchestra
Category:Orchestra
Sub Category:Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed:2016
Duration:20 Minutes
Orchestration: 2(2pic).2.2.2/2.2.1.0/timp.perc/hp/str (min 8.7.4.4.2, max 14.12.10.8.6 players)
Publisher:Associated Music Publishers Inc
Past Performances

14 May 2016
Evidence – World Premiere
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Aucoin, conductor
15 May 2016
Evidence
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Aucoin, conductor
24 May 2017
Evidence
Koerner Hall
Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
Johannes Debus, conductor
Reviewable Score