Jest


Instrumentation:
 2222./4.2.0.0./perc/Timp/Strings (alt. version with lower brass and harp)
Duration:                 5 minutes
Year:                         2011 (rev. 2015)

Audio Excerpt:

Victoria Symphony

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 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

Awards:

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)

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