PENDULUM was written in my
senior year of college. It was chosen to be performed with the
Seattle Symphony in their annual reading of student composers' works.
I performed the solo part. The title PENDULUM refers to how the
accompanying material in the orchestra keeps returning at (different)
regular intervals. The solo part begins very low, utilizing the
low C extension (I actually performed it on a 5-string bass) and is
written at orchestral tuning (to sound darker). Though the
solo is freely composed, it gradually pushes higher and higher until it
reaches and holds a high F#. The orchestra parts keeps adding new
ideas until it reaches a busy climatic section which ends when a bass
drum stroke leaves the double bass on a low F#. The ending is also
low, but not the same. A returning fortissimo anvil strike,
continues to remind us that you can never return home.