Kou

Kòu was composed for Christopher Belt. This work incorporates many of the different musical styles associated with the electric guitar and expands upon them. Since my first exposure to music as a child was listening to the radio when my parents were driving I found that the characteristics of that genre were already apart of my vocabulary. Using this as a point of departure enabled me to create very unique timbres and textures that work for and against the sound of guitar. Although a twelve-tone row was part of the initial compositional design the piece is not serial, rather pitches were chosen aesthetically and used almost thematically throughout the work.