“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
Many have embraced Max Ehrmann’s 1927 prose poem Desiderata as a credo for modern times; this oft-quoted opening line captures the inexorable struggle we face and encourages us to resist the adversities that interfere with our intended course through peaceful reflection. AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE (2014) for chamber orchestra explores this battle from a psychological standpoint, starting with the moment adversity first introduces itself. The ensuing music expresses common stages of thought through which we process new information: consternation, distraction and denial, indignation, and finally, hopefully, some form of acceptance or growth through reflection.
Amid the noise and haste… was premiered by the University of Texas New Music Ensemble on October 29th, 2014.