Half-light on desolation

for orchestra

Half-light on desolation was written during the first year of my Bachelor’s studies in Stockholm, and later premiered by Norrköping symphony orchestra.

Beginning with an extensive flute solo, followed by a long series of declamatory, soloistic wind entries, interspersed with heavy orchestral textures. The unifying feature to its nearly rhapsodic structure is a highly condensed, melodic motif. This motif is repeated throughout the piece, at times almost incessantly, finally coming to rest in a sea of tranquility.

The work represents the culmination of a melodic style of mine, influenced by Lutoslawski, Stravinsky, Saariaho and more.

  • Written in 2014
  • Awarded 1st prize in 4×4 Prizes 2016
  • Winner of North Carolina New Music Initiative 2018 composition competition
  • Honorable mentions in SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition 2016
  • Selected for Swedish composer’s society orchestra repertoire presentation day 2018

Instrumentation: 2222 / 4331 / timp. 2 perc. hrp. strings

Also available in the following versions:

  • Chamber symphony (2222 / 2220 timp 1 perc. strings)
  • No harp
  • Timp., 1 perc.
  • 2 trumpets