List of Compositions

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Symphony of the Hawai‘i Forests: Reflections on Ka Wai Ke Kumu Ola (2023) Full orchestra

Tear of the Clouds (2022) 1011-0000-4221

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

Stillness in the Mist (2022) violin duo

Koholā Sings (2021) solo harp

A Melody From an Unknown Place (2020) solo violin

Adaptation Variations (2019) fl, cl, hn, percussion, vln, vla, vc

Wavelengths (2019) fl, cl, vln, vc

But Beautiful (2018) koto and cello

Faded Aura (2017) shakuhachi, fl, cl, vln, vc

American Postcards: Picture Brides (Hawaii 1908-1924) (2017) string quartet (doubling on ukulele)

Sunburnt (2017) bassoon or saxophone quartet

Snapshots (2017) alto saxophone and bassoon

Reenactment (2017) gayageum and electronics

Crosscurrents (2016) shamisen and violin

Doublethink (2015) saxophone quartet

Iridescence (2015) solo piano

To A Balloon Laden with Knowledge (2015) SSAATTBB Choir

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


Stargazing (2010)

for violin and electronics

duration: 9 minutes


Performer: Joseph Lin

Score Excerpt: PDF

Purchase: contact me

Performance History

May 01, 2010 Joseph Lin, violin Ithaca, NY, Barnes Hall, Cornell University

Oct. 16, 2011 Susan Waterbury, violin; Ithaca, NY, Bailey Hall, Cornell University

April 14, 2012  Pauline Kim, violin The DiMenna Center, New York City, NY Nov. 11, 2012 Susan Waterbury, violin Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca, NY

Feb. 18, 2014 Pauline Kim Harris, Violin Hipbone Studio, Portland, OR

April 11, 2014 Yung-Hsiang Sean Wang, Violin Texas Tech New Music Festival, Lubbock, TX


Program Notes

When I was growing up learning to play Bach's music on the piano, I enjoyed playing certain pieces with the pedal down in excess (a taboo in the performance practice of Bach). This reverberant texture from having all the notes resonate for a long time created beautiful sonorities that seemed to work well with the music, even if it was not the original intention of the composer. This, of course, is not possible for a violinist playing the solo Partitas and Sonatas of Bach due to the nature of the instrument. Out of curiosity, however, I decided to listen to some movements by putting excessive amounts of reverberation on a recording that I had (in effect, it would be as if listening to it in the biggest cathedral imaginable). While not every movement "worked" after putting it through this process, I found the sonorities that emerged out of the Gavotte en Rondeaux movement in the E major Partita to be extraordinarily beautiful, and used that sound world as the inspiration for the piece. The title Stargazing comes from finding out that this particular movement of Bach's was one of the few musical works chosen by Carl Sagan to be placed aboard the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 in the hope that some intelligent extraterrestrials would discover it in the distant future. While the piece was not composed with this fact in mind, the thought of Bach's music floating around in space for millions of years waiting for some being to discover it was an idea that strongly resonated with me, and I found it fitting with the character of the piece.