When the pandemic hit, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellows changed course from writing large chamber music projects to writing solo etudes for LA Phil musicians. Hear A Note to Myself by Fariyan Alam performed by Evan Kuhlmann.
A Note to Myself is, in a lot of ways, a memo a parent might include in their child’s lunchbox on their first day of school, in the sense that I wrote it as a way to remind myself in the future of all of the trials and tribulations I’ve been through in the past and that every uncomfortable situation always works out. I began writing this piece as I was working on the college essays that I’d have to submit as a senior, thinking about what it would be like to study at a college way off on the east coast. I was worried about the sadness that I’d feel as I left the people I knew and loved to go off into a new environment. But I was also excited, to see what I’d learn about myself while living in another metropolis. So, for this piece, I decided to explore both of these emotions to create a piece that could comfort me in times of distress and also encourage me to go forward with my ambitions, knowing that it’d all be okay in the end.
To learn more about the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program, go to http://laphil.com/cfp