Freezing Pieces

by Matthew James Briggs

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1. Glacier
2. Northeast Harbor, Snowbound
3. March of the Polar Bears
4. Lonely Icicle
5. Melting Piece

Freezing Pieces is a set of five miniature movements composed in December of 2000 and finished in January 2001 at Indiana University in Bloomington. It was premiered in March 2001 at a composition department recital.

Each of the movements depicts an imagined winter scene. The style is sparse, cold and pointillistic. I was quite taken with the music of Anton Webern at the time, which is apparent in the thin textures and brevity of the pieces.

With Melting Piece, winter breaks. A distant thunderstorm is heard (bass drums) and winter drips away (viola pizzicato). The storm passes and Freezing Pieces fades to silence.

Score © 2001, 2015
Recording © 2015

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released December 24, 2015

Steve Creswell, Viola
Sean Osborn, Bass Clarinet
Catherine Case, Harp
Rob Tucker, Percussion
Al Berg, Piano

Matthew James Briggs, Composer, Producer

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