Instrumentation: 2222./188.8.131.52./perc/Timp/Strings (alt. version with lower brass and harp)
Duration: 5 minutes
Year: 2011 (rev. 2015)
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.
– Mar 27, 2011, Victoria Symphony BC Composers’ Reading Session @ University of Victoria, Canada; Guiseppe Pietraroia conducting.
– Apr 19, 2015, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras @ Bryan Station High School, Lexington, USA; Scott Terrell conducting
– Apr 10, 2015, Idaho Falls Youth Symphony @ Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls, USA; Darrell Brown conducting (Official World Premiere)
– Mar 15, 2017, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra @ Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, USA; Dr. Lawrence Sisk conducting
– Mar 19, 2017, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra @ Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois, USA; Dr. Lawrence Sisk conducting
Winner: Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition (2016)
Winner: Idaho Falls Youth Symphony 25th Season Composition Contest (2015)
Official Selection: Lexington Philharmonic New Music Experiment (2014)
Official Selection: Victoria Symphony BC Composers’ Readings (2011)