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Opus 32 grades 9-12

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Traffic Lights is both a melancholy and hopeful piece. I wrote it imagining a homeless person in the rain, whose life had been cruel to them, but who experienced a brief moment of happiness looking at the way the traffic lights reflect in puddles on the street. The slow beginning conveys their despair, the bridge represents the moment they see the traffic lights, and the rest of the piece represents these powerful juxtapositions. Traffic lights is about the ever present, though not dominating sadness that comes with navigating our lives.
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This wind quartet begins with a slow, simple introduction, but quickly gets more complex as the piece progresses. In this light, happy tune, the melody passes from the flute to the oboe to the bassoon. Although the clarinet never gets a chance at the melody, it has its moments as well.
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This is a waltz that depicts the movement and life of a butterfly. The delicate and sweet melody of the first section illustrates the peaceful and beautiful nature of a colorful butterfly. Then, the second section changes into a minor key and it portrays some dangers and hardships the butterfly faces before the calmness comes again. In the last section, the piece goes back to the original major key and the melody is developed to resemble a lullaby to mark the end of the butterfly's journey.
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“Springtime” depicts my love for spring and is a celebration of growth and beauty. It’s a very peaceful song that’s meant to emulate the beauty of spring and the forest. I imagine myself climbing a flower-filled mountain with a vista and basking in the sounds and sights of spring. I hear birds singing to one another, which is depicted in the violin and viola. In this piece, often the violin will play a line and the viola will respond with the same tune. I hope and that you'll find as much joy listening to it as I did composing it.
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“Springtime” depicts my love for spring and is a celebration of growth and beauty. It’s a very peaceful song that’s meant to emulate the peace and beauty of spring and the forest. I imagine myself climbing a flower-filled mountain with a vista and basking in the sounds and sights of springtime. I hear birds singing to one another, which is depicted in the violin and viola. In this piece, often the violin will play a line and the viola will respond with the same tune. I hope and that you find as much joy listening to it as I did composing it.
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What I picture in my piece is a wind, travelling through the world, and all the things it sees. It sees war and fighting, but it also sees peace and hope.