Morning Study

Morning Study (for piccolo/flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and percussion) (2011)

Several years ago I began to notice everyday at dawn and dusk a series of very short high metallic sounds; it took me some time to realize that the sound was coming from a pair of California Towhees that had nested in our backyard. This birdsong became for me just as dependable a part of each day as the change of light from night to morning and then, again, from evening back to night. Morning Study (for piccolo/flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and percussion) is related in various ways to this fluctuation between darkness and light and to the way the sound of the Towhees had become a part of this fluctuation.

The piece was commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music and was written in the mornings between March and September, 2011.

Morning Study
Published by Lantro Music, Belgium

Morning Study 2