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Inclinations for nineteen players (2023) is part of a continuing series of instrumental works that explore different kinds of linear motion. However, the title is not only a reference to musical ‘geometry’ – lines, angles, gradients, planes, velocity, inertia – but also to this composer’s personal inclinations: my own predilections, habits, quirks.
Here the music follows the interaction of two kinds of material. Like beams of light, pairs of sustained thirds are passed throughout the ensemble, forming a disjunct patchwork of primary colors. Against this, quartertone scales rise insistently, threads of a malfunctioning barber’s pole gradually losing momentum even as it continues to doggedly turn. Amidst the interaction (conflict?) of these two shapes, other whims and tangents periodically emerge.
Inclinations is dedicated to Steve Schick and all the committed performers who contribute their precious time, energy, and boundless musicality to realizing composers' dreams, and indulging their steepest and most fanciful inclinations.