Carried by the Sky
for piano quintet
Carried by the Sky is, in essence, a tombeau. The piece serves as a recollection of my own memories of a certain person who left this world under their own volition. Because of the circumstances surrounding this piece, it was hard enough to write, let alone to write about it. The quintet sets up a pulse that is immediately disrupted by other idiosyncratic pulses. The bulk of this piece is a battle between different pulses. There are few moments of clarity, and when they do arrive, they are short-lived. Even the most 'stable' areas are dominated either by a sense of foreboding, or an overwhelming sense of misresolution. Throughout the course of the piece, pulses build up and wither away in attempts to bridge memories together into one secondhand timeline and narrative. Eventually the pulses culminate in a quotation of significant personal importance, which leads to an attempted resolution (where the pulses are finally united) and a chaconne. The conclusion is ultimately shrouded in ambiguity.