City Boy, 2010 (12′)
for NOW Ensemble (flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano)
City Boy was written to be the 2nd movement and final part of the “Change Trilogy”, comprised of Folk Music, Change, and this work, City Boy. It’s the middle movement, and is largely a response piece to Folk Music, with that piece’s opening oscillation inverted. Unlike the gradual builds of the two pieces that surround it, City Boy moves rapidly from one idea to another (relatively – fans of Zappa, Brittelle, Babbitt, or Brian Wilson will be disappointed), and explores territory that is motivically related to both Folk Music and Change, but quite different in tone. City Boy was commissioned by Nimbus Dance Works with funds from the American Music Center.