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Short-Lived Snow

Artist’s statement:

I decided to compose a piece that tackled a very simple but noticeable effect of climate change. This year was yet another hottest year on record, which, where we live comprised of 25-degree days in November and one of the hottest summers most of us have ever experienced. This past year has disappointed me immensely as someone who loves where they live because of the defined seasons we have. Winter is by far my favorite season, for many reasons, but particularly the snow, and throughout December and the beginning of January we had very little snow, and the snow we did have never lasted more than a day or two because it was often followed by absurd amounts of rain or warm temperatures: something very peculiar for December.  For my composition, I attempted to capture this sensation through sections of snow and more-so sections of heat and rain. I tried to capture snow in sections such as measures 1-7, where I have spaced out staccato notes that are supposed to represent the delicateness of the first few snowflakes that come down in a snowfall, these notes start to come closer and closer together but just as they are picking up, I switch to a minor key with nonarticulated notes to represent rain coming down and the melting of the snow. In sections such as measures 13 and 14, I have some chords that are supposed to clash a bit because I believe that sort of sound sounds dry which I used to represent high temperatures. In the repeat section at 28, I tried representing heavy rainfall; instead of spaced-out 16th notes like the snow sections I use grace notes to represent the plop of a raindrop, I find grace notes sound a bit heavier than if I used quick 16th notes. The section before the coda ends in a major key to represent another snowfall, proceeding the snowfall is a measure of rest which leads straight to an intense minor section again; this is just to show how insistent the rain and heat are and will continue to be. I chose such a simple form of what climate change is doing to our planet because it is one of the primary effects of climate change, we are seeing in front of our eyes every day where we live, and I feel by pointing it out, would be hard not to make the connection between these odd weather patterns and the crisis our climate is facing.

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