Clarice Assad


For String Quartet

Duration: 7 Minutes


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In my music, I often construct visual elements or storylines, and I plant a seed in the minds of those who listen to it.  But in this piece, I turn off my storytelling self to let each listener create their tale and visuals in their imagination, allowing for open interpretation and personal resonance with the music.

With this in mind, picture this work as a fictional film score cue. As you listen, see a narrative unfolding and develop a title for the scene you envision. What moods emerge in the music?  In what period or genre do you place this fictional movie excerpt? Is it a silent film, film noir, sci-fi, comedy? Or even a cartoon?

As you listen to this work, you create a title for this fictional film. Let the music spark visuals, characters, and storylines to inspire your cinematic title. There is no correct answer.  You can invent a unique movie name based on the moods, genres, and visuals you perceive in the music. Your title will join a collective database of imagined movie names for this composition. This collection of unique listener perspectives and interpretations will form the CINEMATHEQUE.

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Commissioning Information

Co-commissioned for Brooklyn Rider by 

Köln Musik Service Betriebsges. GmbH (Kölner Philharmonie)

Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Patricia Reser Center for the Performing Arts
Vail Dance Festival, 2023 – Damian Woetzel, Artistic Director
Washington Performing Arts