for Baroque ensemble (consisting of Traverso, Baroque Oboe, Sackbut, Baroque Violin, Viola da Gamba, Harpsichord, and Soprano)
The two women I interviewed were brilliant activists for their communities, and although they were both celebrated for the decorated for their accomplishments, they both gave their credit to their team and consistently lauded the work of their team. I decided to depict that in the piece Yes., embracing the ensemble the way a leader would embrace a boardroom of peers. The instruments interact with each other, often trying to talk over each other in three different “situations”, and the vocalist serves as the leader/conductor of the ensemble, listening for the best idea and guiding the group toward cohesion. At some point, the ensemble is unable to reach a consensus, finds themselves in a 12-pitch “stall”. At that point, the leader pauses, regroups, recalibrates, and then brings the ensemble back to success for the end.
The title Yes. comes from these women giving themselves the permission to make the right decision in a given situation, rather than waiting for someone to make the decision for them. They were trusted with this leadership, and therefore they trust their intuition to act accordingly in those situations.