Clarice Assad


For String Quartet

Duration: 7 minutes

In my music, I often construct visual elements or storylines, and I plant a seed in the minds of those who listen to it.  For example, if I write about the Amazon Forest,  I evoke sounds of nature, bird calls, and other elements. 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, your task is to 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 are free to 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.

You are invited to write down the title you created by scanning the QR code in the program. As you experience this piece, relax and let your inner director take over.  Your creative vision is an essential part of this interactive listening experience! Thank you for being a part of the CINEMATHEQUE!


Co-commissioned for Brooklyn Rider by Köln Musik Service u. 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

Join the Clarice Assad
Mailing List