The Trail is the second in a series of pieces that takes its form and content after a Michelin-map of a certain region. This time around, we take a trip from the guild-ridden town of Salem to the childish innocence of the Danbury camp meeting, subject of the violin sonata by Charles Ives. We know Salem from the witch trials in the 17th century, from books filled with adultary like 'The Scarlett Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and associate it with the puritan surroundings of books like 'Little Children' and 'The Leftovers' by Tom Perotta. We travel through the woods, passing Walden Pond and the Mattatuck State forest, only to be faced with our own guilt of what seemed so innocent at the start. The Trail is scored for clarinet in Bb, viola and piano.
" I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday. "
In 'Nobody's Fault', I tried to find out to what extend a structure is transferrable between different forms of media. Nobody's Fault is originally an episode of the american tv-series, House MD, about the rebel doctor House, always on the razor thin edge between emotional madness and rational genius. The composition takes the entire structure of problem and resolution literally in a down scaled version of the 50 minutes episode and tries to generate to same arc of overall tension as the original. The little material that is in the piece is derived from the title song of the series, 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack.