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NCI 2020: Noah JENKINS - Phantom Trails

Watch & Listen

Hear Bing Wang premiere this work by a 2020 National Composers Intensive participant, from her living room.

Program Notes

Phantom Trails is a piece for solo violin that reimagines, reflects, and misremembers materials first heard in my string quartet piece Trails Bright Phantoms.

The quartet piece opens with a melodic fragment that is then frozen in midair, spinning, shimmering, and shivering in slow motion. In Phantom Trails we first come across the music in the form of “a melody almost frozen in time, but still inexorably spinning out (sucked into a vortex here, dallying in an eddy there)” (as it is described in the score) before it gradually begins to hint at something more melodic, finally blossoming for a moment into “a gauzy recollection, quasi-espressivo.”