Figure to Ground
String trio - vln, vla, vc
Commissioned by Network for New Music
Premiered Feb. 26, 2016, Settlement Music School (Queen St.), Philadelphia, PA
Figure to Ground is a musical response to "Poem from Hölderlin" by Susan Stewart. As images do in the poem, musical ideas move quickly between foreground to background in non-linear cycles of growth and decay. This piece was commissioned by Network for New Music as part of their "Poetry through Music" program. Six new pieces written specifically for that program each responded to Stewart's poem, which was itself commissioned for the event.