Forever Alive, Forever Forward (2016)

Written in 2016, this six-minute piece for Pierrot Ensemble echoes these inspiring lines from Whitman's "Song of the Open Road".

Forever alive, forever forward, 
Stately, solemn, sad, withdrawn, baffled, mad, turbulent, feeble, dissatisfied, 
Desperate, proud, fond, sick, accepted by men, rejected by men, 
They go! they go! I know that they go, but I know not where they go, 
But I know that they go toward the best—toward something great. 

Beginning with lyrical and expressive lines, the music progresses through a series of revelations and expansions, arriving at an exuberant ending.


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