Paramnesia (2014) for string quartet

DURATION: ca. 5:10

COMMISSIONED BY: highSCORE Music Festival for Quartetto Indaco

SELECTED COMPOSITION: PUBLIQuartet’s PUBLIQ Access 2015

PROGRAM NOTE:
The title of this piece refers to a mental state in which distortions of memory can cause confusion between fact and fiction and, in fact, lead an individual to confabulate new memories to replace lost ones. In composing the work, I was drawn to finding tenuous, even imaginary, connections between quotations from multiple, diverse sources. These quotations, all somehow misremembered, make up the entirety of the musical discourse, which alternates temperamentally between grandiose paranoia and dreamy forgetfulness.