As lightning flashes ; As water quenches : for symphony orchestra
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As Lightning Flashes and As Water Quenches are companion pieces for symphony orchestra, which may be performed independent of one another or together in any order. Their combined length is 20 minutes. The first of these works was commissioned by the Boulder Symphony Orchestra for its 2017 season. In Part I of this paper I discuss broadly the challenges, practical considerations, process, and inspiration behind these associated works. Parts II and III cover a detailed analysis of each piece’s structure, pitch, and harmonic language, as well as unique aspects pertaining to each composition. Part IV examines key musical elements that unite the two works, including a shared fast-within-slow feel, use of descriptive language, and attention to orchestral color combinations.