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Apollo's Descent

Premiered in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, Santa Barbara, California, April 2022.

Program Note

Apollo, the ancient Greek god of music, dance, and poetry, is celebrated for personifying beauty and grace. In 2020, I created a computer program and composition, both titled 'Apollo,' with the aim of crafting music that captured these ideals, albeit in an idiosyncratic tone.

Apollo’s Descent draws on the output of the Apollo program. However, midway through the piece, I deliberately disrupt the original purity by introducing alterations and layering new elements. This results in a transformation that diverges from the initial qualities of the program.

Composed over a single weekend in the spring of 2022, this piece was swiftly prepared for a concert scheduled in the same week.