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Chain of Circumstances is one of a series of open-form compositions that have occupied my creative interest in recent years. As with the other related works of mine, Chain of Circumstances explores aspects of recombinance, modularity, and non-linear musical structures. In this instance, the work is conceived as a series of disparate, distinctive, and relatively static musical states that provides an ever-changing sonic canvas, which the pianist(s) may alter at will. In performances that include solo dancer and/or electronics, the result is a kind of dynamic and unpredictable“ feedback loop” between the various elements. Originally conceived only as a live performance work, this fixed video realization was created specifically for the type of remote concert experience that has become common (and necessary) during the 2020-21 pandemic.

Chain of Circumstances was supported by a grant from Texas Woman’s University and composed in February-March 2020 for pianist Richard Shuster and dancer/choreographer Jordan Fuchs. The dance video footage was created by Danielle Willis (camera operator) and Dayna Ballenger (lighting), with audio and video production by the composer.


Chain of Circumstances


About the Artist

Joseph Klein is a composer of solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic, and intermedia compositions. His music reflects an ongoing interest in processes inspired by natural phenomena, often drawing upon literary sources and incorporating theatrical elements as part of the overall musical narrative. He holds degrees in composition from Indiana University, University of California, San Diego, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his composition teachers have included Harvey Sollberger, Claude Baker, Robert Erickson, and Roger Reynolds. Klein is currently Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of Composition Studies at the University of North Texas. To view more of his work click below.