Metamorphosis for two oboes and piano is a one-movement work with several sections:
- Breaking through the mold
- “The metamorphosis excites in the beholder an emotion of joy…”
The concept of this piece went through a metamorphosis of its own. It started its life as a different story of growth and change, but eventually evolved into the story told in the work now: the story of metamorphosis, from being vulnerable, to finally discovering the joy that comes with great change. In one movement, the section titles of the work come from a variety of synonyms of the word “metamorphosis”. I liked the idea that all of the movements related to each other, transitioning from one thing to another, but growing and evolving throughout each section of the work.
Metamorphosis explores starkness, freedom, and a dance of discovery of self as told through the interweaving lines of the oboes. The piano becomes the support that helps guide the changes along the way, ebbing and flowing in its own voice. The flow of the voices continuously strive to emerge and change into something new.
I am grateful to Lindabeth Binkley for premiering the work and recording it on her upcoming CD which will include several other of my chamber works.