Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Duration: 8 minutes
The beginning of the compositional process usually starts by some sort of improvisation at the piano. I am not an exceptional pianist so oftentimes my improvisations are disjunct and full of starts and stops. When it comes time to put my ideas down on paper, I will fix all of the mistakes that I have when I play and smooth things over. With this piece though, I decided to embrace this idea of starting and stopping. The piece opens with a small fluttering motion in the piano that is immediately followed by silence. The beginning is a continuous play between sound and silence. As the piece evolves, the music becomes smooth and more conjunct; however, this initial gesture does return. "Hummingbirds" was written for the 2015 Atlantic Music Festival and was premiered by their contemporary ensemble in July.