2003 ∙ large ensemble
A movie-like tone poem, following a ghost’s haunting. more info
2006 ∙ large ensemble
A musical portrait of the Hopi labyrinth for which the work is named. The New York Times calls it “radiant, ghostly, and shimmering...” more info
2011 ∙ large ensemble
- 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 | timp.2perc | pno | str
- commissioned by Park Avenue Armory for the Tune-In Music Festival, 2011
- premiered on 2/11/11 by SymphoNYC, Paul Haas (cond.), New York Polyphony, with sound design by Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon
"Building" employs the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as both a point of departure and a guide. Using rigorous musical forms – imitation, canon, fugue and passacaglia – the music witnesses humankind as she forms a singular identity, her perspective and world. As she reaches completion humankind turns to covetousness and militantly protects that which she has created, thus "Aggression." Listen for the "ghosts" of the Armory: samples of past works performed in the space, battling for prominence amongst the previous material. "Aggression 2" is the turning point of the concert during which the violence of war moves towards complete annihilation.
PF’s pieces from ARCO
the entire ARCO concert
Three orchestral works borrowing from Beethoven’s second movement of Symphony #7, telling a modern creation myth of humankind – the desire to build order and structure, and then protect that creation through any means.