The heart of grief
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The Heart of Grief is an original composition for six musicians, stereo-playback, and conductor. It is twenty minutes long and scored for flute (doubling piccolo), Bb clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion, piano, violin, and cello. It looks at the cycle of grief through music. The basis of the piece stems from interviews the composer conducted in January 2019 with three individuals about their personal stories of loss and grief. Along with these interviews, The Heart of Grief focuses on the idea of a heartbeat, its disappearance, and the variability of the grief cycle.