“…a wonderfully conflicted, simply constructed, highly evocative work.”
– Kraig Lamper, American Record Guide, January/February 2017
IonSound Project premiered this piece March 21, 2008 and again in 2009. Both performances took place at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh.
Trouble is based on a Gradual for the Second Sunday of Lent (LU 546) The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my necessities. Psalm 24:17, (Douay). I adapted the medieval technique of cantus firmus, using the chant as a slow-moving bass line in the outer sections, and creating elaborate polyphony around the chant (presented prominently by the cello) during the middle section of the piece. I wrote most of Trouble during the summer of 2006.
Trouble has been performed subsequently by Alia Musica Pittsburgh and as part of a Symposium at Trinity Christian College title The Psalms, the Arts, and Worship.
The following excerpt is from the Ravello Album Separate Self.
And as a special bonus, here’s video of IonSound Project’s 2009 live performance with Knot Dance.