Squeeze Box | for Symphony Orchestra (2021) 8’

Premiered by:

Yale Philharmonia

Ryan Tani, conductor

Woolsey Hall, New Music New Haven, Yale School of Music December 9, 2021

 

Program Note

“Squeeze box” is a colloquial term for the accordion, an instrument I adore and play poorly. The image of expanding and contracting bellows haunted me as I composed Squeeze Box for symphony orchestra. Rather than simulating the sound of the accordion’s vibrating reeds, I envisioned the orchestra as a breathing organism and tried to capture the physical experience of air changing its density, thorough harmony, texture, and timbre. The piece’s narrative arc is a gradual squeeze that culminates in an inevitable moment of over saturation, out of which a more lyrical outlook materializes.