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.