List of Compositions

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Arrow of Time (2016) sinfonietta

Ripple Effect (2013) sinfonietta; (2015) full orchestra

Terra Firma (2011) jazz ensemble

Daydreams (2010) wind ensemble

Undercurrent (2010) sinfonietta

Sunrise From a Distant Past (2007) full orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra (2006) full orchestra

Seaching the Constellations (2006) full orchestra

Chamber, Solo & Duo

Snapshots (2017) alto saxophone and bassoon

Reenactment (2017) gayageum and electronics

Crosscurrents (2016) shamisen and violin

Doublethink (2015) saxophone quartet

Iridescence (2015) solo piano

Conversations in the Garden (2015) viola, guitar, piano, sound installation

City of Imagination (2015) erhu, dizi, yangqin, sheng, pipa, guzheng

Taepyeongga (2014) ajaeng, ob. guit. pno. perc.

Of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi and koto

The Distance of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi, koto, and string quartet

Vanishing Act (2013-14) vln, piano, perc.

Secret Dimension (2013) cl, vln, vc, piano

A Glimpse of a Reflection (2013) guzheng and electronics

Trade Winds (2012) flute and piano

Across the Open Sky (2012) 2 violins, cello

Neon Flicker (2012) duo

Piano Trio (2012) violin, cello, piano

Palpitations (2011) alto saxophone solo

Afterimage (2011) cello solo

Parallel Divergence (2011) fl., b. cl., vln., vc., piano

Soliloquy (2010) piano solo

Intermezzo (2010) piano solo

Variations on a Theme by Brahms (2010) ob., c.a., cl., vln., vc.

Stargazing (2010) violin and electronics

Echolocation (2009) saxophone quartet

Event Horizon (2009) string quartet

Impromptu (2008) violin and piano

Automata (2008) piano solo

Sarcasms (2008) alto saxophone and piano

Toccata (2007) violin and piano

Delights and Shadows (2007) bass voice and piano

Recurrency (2007) cello octet

Imprints (2006) 2 pianos

Pins and Needles (2006) fl., cl., vln., vla., vc., piano

Sounds and Shapes (2004) fl., cl., vln., vc., piano, percussion

 

Iridescence (2015)

for solo piano

duration: 11 minutes

Listen:

Performer: Jonathan Korth

Score Excerpt: PDF

Perusal/Purchase: contact me

 

Program Notes

Iridescence is a surface appears to change colors depending on the angle, such as a soap bubble or the inside of an abalone shell. With the HMTA commissioning this piece to represent the state of Hawaii for the 2015-16 MTNA, I thought the title would be apt partly because it makes a subtle reference to rainbow colors. In addition, I wanted the title to reflect the highly contrasting moods and feelings of the three movements in the same way an iridescent surface shows a variety of colors.
The first movement “Cascades” combines a steady yet unpredictable groove with a jagged counterpoint. It has a stubborn and insistent sound, but transforms considerably by the end of the movement. The second movement, “Cantabile,” is an expressive lyrical movement with a delicate tremolo throughout that creates a hushed shimmer over which the melody sings. The third movement, “Finale," is full of bebop and boogie-woogie jazz idioms but presented in a new light. This movement reflects my recent interest in melding my love of jazz with my own compositional language to create something new.