Among the Pines (2020)

solo violin; duration: ca. 3′

Among the Pines was written for Sakura Tsai, as a part of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Composition Workshop in August 2020. Many thanks to Sean Friar, Sakura, and everyone at Idyllwild Arts.

Unable to physically be in Idyllwild this summer, I felt myself missing the beautiful landscape of the San Jacinto Mountains. The stark contrast between white rock and green pines is represented in this piece by the contrast between slow melodies and gestural arpeggios. As the piece continues, these two textures begin to influence one another, and juxtaposition gives way to union.