Four Books

Four Books (2010)

In the spring of 2010, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble asked me to write a new piece that would be premiered on a program including Janacek's Mladi ("Youth") for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and horn. I completed Four Books for this instrumentation in December 2010; it is based on the structure and character of the the first four books of The Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in which he tells about the first 20 years of his life (1712-1732). This piece was written with the support of Meet the Composer Creative Connections Program, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Elaine and Richard Fohr Foundation.