Fall Full Score

Meant to depict the fall of Man, “Fall” relies on two themes and two pitch centers. The first theme is for the curious Man, looking around the world into which he has been created. It begins in D Major, but soon plays with mode, a reflection of how Man could not resist exploring his free will. The piece transitions into a pitch center as far from the original as I found possible – down a tritone to G# – and plays with diminished intervals. The style becomes darker and playful, meant to illustrate the Devil and his allure. A conversation between the two develops, until the themes overlap and the darker music takes over, for the evil power has won. In this aspect of Man’s story, evil must be victorious, as it has stained the heart of Man.

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About the Artist

Amy Gravell is a clarinetist and composer at Texas State University, where she studies music education and has been a member of the Bobcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and University Orchestra. She studies clarinet with Dr. Vanguel Tangarov and composition with Dr. Michael Ippolito. Amy has had many performance opportunities in San Marcos, TX, including recording with the Texas State Clarinet Choir, featuring guest artists Philippe Cuper, Vanguel Tangarov, André Moisan, David Gould, and Stephen Girko, at the 2018 Clarinet Fiesta. As a member of the Wind Symphony, she performed at the 2018 CBDNA Convention at the Moores Opera House. Other performance experiences include subbing in the Mid-Texas Symphony and playing at Sights and Sounds in San Marcos. She has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with Philippe Cuper, Steven Cohen, Jonathan Gunn, and Jun Qian. Amy also received the honor of being named a finalist at the 2017 Texas State Concerto Competition. Composition experiences include the orchestral premieres of her works “In This Moment” and “Prelude to Eternity” by the Austin Symphony Orchestra (winning entrants in the 2018 and 2017 Texas Young Composers Competitions), as well as two premieres of original wind ensemble works by the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble: “Depths of the Mind,” a national award winner in the 2016 PTA Reflections Competition, and “Neverending Dreams,” a wind arrangement inspired by “Prelude to Eternity.” She also had the chamber work “Carousel” read by the Hub New Music ensemble, and her first string quartet, “Fall,” read by the Attacca Quartet in 2018. To view more of her work click below.

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