STUNNED


Instrumentation:
Solo viola

Duration: 8 minutes

Commissioned By:
Commissioned by Maggie Snyder, with funds from the the Nora Redman Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, the Willson Center of Humanities and Arts, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and the University of Georgia�s President's Venture fund

Premiere:
March 1, 2017 by Maggie Audrey Snyder Ramsey Concert Hall, Hugh Hodgson School of Music University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Available From:
Libby Larsen Publishing

Composer's Notes:

Stunned – for viola solo imagines what transpires emotionally in a moment following a shocking realization – a moment when a person is stunned by the truth of what’s just happened. For instance, the moment immediately after being told of a loved one's death. Or a moment just following a witnessed incident - for instance watching the plane fly into the World Trade Center on 9-11. Or any number of moments that happen in people's lives...

It’s a moment that is suspended in time,
and in this moment time itself is suspended in eternity.

Stunned exists in this moment as pure emotion, rapidly running a gamut of feelings - deep loss, fierceness, intensity, depletion, ferventness, gentleness, etc. until the moment passes and real time, life if you will, resumes.