Anthony L. Sanchez--In Memorium Ray Bradbury, for Flute and Electronic Keyboard (2012)




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Published on Apr 9, 2013

Mamie Small, Flute
David Dang, Electronic Keyboard

Program Notes:

I first became enamored with the Science Fiction literature of American author Ray Bradbury back in 2006. After reading his poignant 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451, I was immediately struck by his depiction of a technologically dependent Dystopian society: one which seemed somewhat eerily similar to contemporary times. The news of Bradbury's death in June of 2012 left me devastated. In response to this event, I began composing the short chamber piece, In Memoriam Ray Bradbury shortly afterward

When working on this composition, I originally intended to create an electroacoustic piece for Violin and Synthesizer. I later changed the instrumentation to Flute and Electric Keyboard because this combination produced a better timbre to my ears. In keeping with the context of Bradbury's stories and novels, it was my goal to representa somber, Dystopian atmosphere through music. I accomplished this by using irregular meters, particularly 6/4 and 5/4, and dissonant intervals that occur at odd beats. These are intentional because it makes the piece feel jarring and disjointed.

Another musical element that I experimented with for In Memoriam was the inclusion of a motive. This piece features a seven-note musical pattern, which serves as a rhythmic depiction of the sentence, "Ray Bradbury, rest in peace." This motive, which begins in the flute, appears at various points throughout the work in different guises. Overall, In Memoriam is my fitting tribute to one of my favorite authors of Science Fiction.


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