2005 · five minutes · for orchestra
Jointly commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
Possibly is a straightforward, five-minute piece for full orchestra that draws from the excitement and exuberance of the many seeming life-possibilities presented to us in our youth. After a short introduction, the main three-note motive appears in the cellos and basses. The motive originates from a song that I wrote when I was nineteen and played in a rock band in Ventura, California. I have altered the motive to fit the idiom of an orchestra but it is essentially the same as it was in 1996, and it proves to be the backbone of the entire piece.