S E E P

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Program Note

In Corinna Belz's documentary Gehard Richter - Painting, Richter uses a technique of smearing thick, viscus paint on the canvas surface with a giant squeegee to create his abstract works of art. The colors layer and spread in unpredictable ways creating an intricate tapestry of color combinations and juxtapositions. This instantly captivated me and I wondered how I could transpose this into music. S E E P is my answer. The ensemble builds and smears harmonies which transform over time--as if a giant, aural squeegee is spread over the ensemble.

[S E E P was completed in 2017 and is scored for piccolo (doubling flute), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets in B-flat, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B-flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, piano, timpani, and percussion (vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, chimes, marimba, high, medium, and low suspended cymbals, large tam-tam, low gong, water gong, water chimes). It has an approximate performance time of 8 minutes.] 

-Stephen Cabell

Example of Richter's abstract painting

Link to Gerhard Richter - Painting