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Sky Macklay: Dissolving Bands

February 20, 2013

I wanted to create a piece that, in an abstract way, channeled the tension, instability, and unpredictability of life in colonial America on the cusp of revolution.

Sky Macklay received funds from the 2012 Composer Assistance Program to help create her piece Dissolving Bands. Commissioned by the Lexington Symphony and The Walden School to compose a 12-15 minute orchestral piece in honor of Lexington Massachusetts’ 300th anniversary, Macklay based Dissolving Bands on her time spent in New England. Her piece was premiered on September 23, 2012.

Writes Sky Macklay about Dissolving Bands: To commemorate the town’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, I wanted to create a piece that, in an abstract way, channeled the tension, instability, and unpredictability of life in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. Throughout the piece, I build up large textures and patterns that are subsequently broken down and dissolved in different ways: temporally, orchestrationally, suddenly, gradually.