Chasing
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Chasing (1997-98) is a spirited work, consisting almost exclusively of fast material. The ‘chase’ occurs on many different levels. Besides the breathless quality of the music, there are a few cannons that emerge on the surface of the music. The first ‘chase’ is introduced at the beginning of the piece. The music opens in the middle register and moves upwards; the flute starts this motion, and the other instruments follow. Another ‘chase’ embedded in the piece is a quote from Thelonious Monk’s "Straight, No Chaser." Chasing was commissioned by the Auros Group for New Music with funds from Meet The Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music/USA, with support from The Helen F. Whitaker Fund.