Watercolors for chamber orchestra
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Watercolors for chamber orchestra draws inspiration from my childhood, during which I spent countless hours mixing tube paints in a plastic palette and testing the resultant colors on newspapers. Written in four continuous movements, Watercolors attempts to capture those moments through a musical journey. The opening slow movement, “Dissolve,” is essentially a long chain of suspensions, resembling the moment when paint meets water. Strong lyricism emerges while the texture flourishes, out of which is born the ascending pentatonic motive in “Gradation.” The motive builds its momentum through increasing chromaticism and contrapuntal complexity. The intensity is unleashed in “Radiance,” a fast and active movement full of frenzied runs in a kaleidoscopic texture. The dust settles in “Fade,” an introspective movement in which subtle harmonic and textual variations are applied on a single note. The music not only depicts the fading colors, but also alludes to the fading of childhood memories, a fact that we must all accept.