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Generation Upon Generation

From a live performance by the faculty ensemble at the Composers Forum and Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington.

Generation Upon Generation
for woodwind quintet

I. Through the Microscope
II. Through the Naked Eye
III. Through the Macroscope

Duration: 16'

Instrumentation: flute/piccolo, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn

"Generation Upon Generation" for woodwind quintet (1980) is about the process of reproduction and evolution from the smallest to the largest level. The first movement, "Through the Microscope", describes this process on the cellular level. The second movement, "Through the Naked Eye," is a satirical look at the reproduction on a human scale. The third movement, "Through the 'Macroscope'," depicts the birth and death of stars and galaxies.

The piece was commissioned by the Composers Forum and Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington, 1980. This piece also served as the composer's Masters of Arts thesis at Stanford University.

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