Sound Post / October 2019

Liquid Melancholy

By Jim Stephenson

The compelling and colorful textures from the onset of this piece transport your focus immediately. Jim’s writing explores a gripping narrative mixed with tonality that is absolutely spellbinding.

Liquid Melancholy was chosen for October because the orchestration and solo lines are reminiscent to the colorful programing on Wichita Symphony’s October Masterworks concert. Each piece on that concert offers a kaleidoscope of color mixed with a story or implied story.  

Questions for thought as you listen:

  1. Were you surprised that Jim used the lower register (lower voice) of the clarinet when it first entered?
  2. Jim used snare drum and harp frequently through the first movement, would it have been as impressive without those instruments?

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