Jest


Instrumentation:
 2222./4.2.0.0./perc/Timp/Strings (alt. vs with low brass & harp)
Duration:                 5 minutes
Year:                         2011 (rev. 2015)

Audio Excerpt

Program Notes

Jest (2011) is a quirky and amusing piece that I wrote in the 2nd year of my undergraduate studies.  A single melody permeates the work, appearing with different orchestration and passed onto different instrumental groups.

On the other hand, the title Jest is a play on the word “Gesture”, as a repeating four note gesture pops up throughout the work.  This motive was the inspiration behind the piece, and was actually the activation ring tone on my cell phone for a couple of years.  I decided to take this material and incorporate it into a fun work for youth orchestra.

Performance History

  • Mar 27, 2011, Victoria Symphony Orchestra
    Farquhar Auditorium, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Guiseppe Pietraroia conducting
  • Apr 19, 2015, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra
    Bryan Station Hall, Lexington, KY, USA
    Scott Terrell conducting
  • Apr 10, 2015, Idaho Falls Youth Symphony
    Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls, ID, USA
    Darrell Brown conducting
  • Mar 15, 2017, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra
    Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA
    Dr. Lawrence Sisk conducting
  • Mar 19, 2017, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra
    Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL, USA
    Dr. Lawrence Sisk conducting
  • Mar 23, 2018, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra
    Martingrove Collegiate, Etobicoke, ON, Canada
    Oliver Balaburski conducting

Score and Parts

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