Fractured Abyss


Read by the Peabody Wind Ensemble on 4/4/17 - conducted by Harlan Parker

For piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, english horn, 2 bassoons, three clarinets in B-flat, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, harp, piano, celesta, 3 trumpets in b-flat, 4 horns in F, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, double bass, timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, percussion.

This piece took on many shapes and forms before arriving at the version for wind ensemble. Originally entitled "The Lake", this piece was a setting of the eponymous Edgar Allen Poe poem for baritone, flute, and piano. About a year later I reworked it for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, and piano for a group that performed this version with other pieces of the same instrumentation. Then, I decided to orchestrate it for wind ensemble, as I knew the piece would uniquely transform yet again in doing so. 

Christian Humcke