Swirling Cosmos: MLD - LC01

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Swirling Cosmos: MLD - LC01

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Swirling Cosmos: MLD - LC01

On November 10, 2014, my nephew Nicholas was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was a senior Physics student at Florida Institute of Technology. In the devastating aftermath of losing him, I wrote this piece to honor his memory. The A sections were composed around an ostinato that I created from a numerical realization of his name: Nicky. His favorite number was pi. He even had a tattoo on his forearm that was his own artistic representation of pi to 30 numbers. The B section contains pi to 30 numbers in the form of key signatures: 3/4, 1/4, 4/4, 1/4,5/4, 9/8, 2/4, 6/8, etc.

Instrumentation: (One each of the following)
     Flute
     Bb Clarinet
     Bassoon
     Horn in F
     Bb Trumpet
     Trombone
     Hanging Cymbal
     Triangle
     Piano
(At least one or possibly two each of the following)
     Violin I
     Violin II
     Viola
     Violoncello