for orchestra (2018, 8 min.)
Yale Philharmonia; Julian Pellicano, conductor
In Between takes its inspiration from movies about making movies, like Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, or David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. In these films, the lives of fictitious filmmakers "off-set" often become intermingled with the film they're attempting to make. I took this premise as a jumping-off point for my composition process, thinking of the orchestra as a crew of filmmakers. Specifically, the whip – a percussion instrument that makes a distinctive whack – stands in for the director's clapperboard. Every time the whip is sounded, it signifies an "action" for the filming to begin, or a "cut" for the filming to stop. The title refers to what happens in between "takes," and the inevitable merging of off- and on-set.