Mirrored Maze

Mirrored Maze is a fun-filled single movement work which was inspired by the mirrored mazes found at amusement parks.  The visual reflections experienced in a maze are similar to the aural reflections created throughout the work.


The beginning motif presented by the bassoon contains its own reflection and the intervals found within this motif become the building blocks for the entire movement.  Much of the harmonic material is derived from these intervals and the chords themselves are often symmetrical.  Melody also displays much mirroring however, development plays an important role.  As the melodic material is passed from instrument to instrument, it is slightly altered producing new and interesting reflections.


Within the reflective musical environment, rhythm contributes to the overall sense of the unexpected experienced in a maze.  Slightly irregular meters and rhythms, offbeat accents, and quick climaxes, add to the fun.  And when arriving at the end of the maze, it is apparent that the end is really only the beginning.


Instrumentation:  9/8/7/6/5 Strings, Double Woodwinds, Double French Horn/Trumpet/Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Harp


Duration:  9 minutes