Ritual and Sacrifice
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Ritual and Sacrifice is an orchestral work that was composed for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. While the title provokes vivid and troubling imagery, the piece is metaphorical and focuses on the thoughts one might have when faced with troubling times. Often to overcome our struggles we commit to regimented practices to regain our strength and maintain ourselves. These "rituals" are represented in the beginning of Ritual and Sacrifice with a solemn musical introduction featuring a dark yet rising musical motive that is first introduced by the harp and piano. Keeping true to the rituals required of us becomes difficult as time goes on, and the path ahead may no longer be certain. Following the introduction of Ritual and Sacrifice I emulate these tense feelings of uncertainty by having two subsections that both get gradually louder and more dissonant. However, the musical conflict eventually grows to a breaking point, and composure is regained with a ritualistic timpani entrance. The music becomes more melodic and lyrical at this point, and while it begins solemnly, it becomes a section full of peace and hope. This hopeful section represents moments where we are reassured in life and have faith that our endeavors are not in vain. Throughout the middle section of Ritual and Sacrifice, I explore the momentary peace, growing internal turmoil, and absolute confusion resulting from running away from our problems. Ultimately, the thoughts that plague us will not go away on their own, and eventually sacrifice is required to move on to the serenity we so desire and need.