This is one of my older pieces that’s based on the first 3 books of the Red Rising series. The contour is roughly chronological and major characters and events are symbolized either through leitmotifs and/or harmonic devices.
A reverie of bygone days in midst of utter chaos. This requiem echoes the state of the world as of now. The piece is structured in many distinct sections. Some are windows to the past, others, a foreboding of things to come. The first half culminates in the perversion of the carefree life that we used to know. Twisting into a monstrous virus, distorting the melodies and harmonies. Then, a meditation on the future. There is evidently loss and pain, but the human spirit endures onward. And ultimately, a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel.
Sundays are special. Both a climax and an epilogue, stylish yet placid. These hours are where people find their truest selves but also teeter on losing it all. Within the amalgamation of emotions and ideas, a potent force pulls toward the coming week, a new beginning.
Twilight. It’s the blackest, stillest hour. Despite the darkness, there is a certain serenity. The tonality centers around the phrygian mode, due to its balance between the lighter and darker keys. A continuous ostinati accompaniment helps underlay a grim tone.
Once is a journey. A journey of a lost soul through time. From the bleak future, by way of long and trying travels, it finally returns home. The three sections are echoed by distinct instrumentation and harmonic themes. A fragile violin and minor intervals symbolize the sadness. The introduction of the cello, a much coarser sound, and driving rhythm create an atmosphere of persistence. With a relaxed tempo and prevalence of the major 7th, nostalgia and the warmth of family is evoked.