The Garden of Forking Paths
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The title The Garden of Forking Paths comes from a short story by the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. In the story, The Garden of Forking Paths is an infinite labyrinth, the life work of a fictitious genius. In approaching this piece, I created a harmonic labyrinth that forms the backdrop for the work. Since there are many paths which can be taken, my Garden is one possible walk through this labyrinth. In the maze, the terrain is constantly changing. The result of the journey through this landscape is mercurial shifts in the musicís character. There are four main sections to the piece: Moderato, Scherzando, Adagio, and Allegro. The music from each section flows into the next; some passages are reminiscent of previous moments in the journey, and other passages are premonitory. These four sections create a miniature symphony compressed into one movement. The Garden of Forking Paths is dedicated to my wife Maria, and was written in October, 1995.