for cello, vibraphone, and piano.  Duration: approx. 6’10”

Program Notes:

Written in the winter of 2011/2012 for my sister, Sarah. At this time, several composition majors were given a grant through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to write a piece to be workshopped and premiered by the professional new music group Ensemble-61. While I was brainstorming a piece for the instrumentation they gave me (piano, cello, and various percussion), she was going through an immensely difficult time in life, and it broke my heart to see her in so much pain. I found myself continually frustrated with the fact that the only way I could communicate with her was through windows, whether via a computer or a cell phone, because of the distance that college life put between us. The open fifths in the piano represent the various windows that the cello and vibraphone converse amiably in while still never completely giving the sense of wholeness. As the piece progresses, the tension of not being able to communicate harmonically builds until the tension finally breaks, representing the day I gave up the fight and drove home to see her. As much as I would have liked to stay for an extended time, my obligations to my education only allowed for a short stay, so I made my return to school that same day. This, once again, forced the only communication between us to occur through our own separate windows. However, it made it easier for me to press the “send” button knowing I was able to see her for a short while. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel— or the LED screen. Whichever is most convenient, I suppose.

Kaitlyn Witherspoon, cello; Alli Wilmes, vibraphone; Alex Widstrand, piano. October 15, 2013.

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