Rogerson Thirty Thousand Days

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Composer: Rogerson, Chris, 1988-
   Country of origin: United States
Title: Thirty Thousand Days
   Other titles:
   Movements: Quasi una danza; Prestissimo, con sordino; Quasi una ciacona
Year(s) composed: 2017
Publisher: Available from composer (see comment below)
Duration (in minutes): 15
Clarinet type: A
Note: See comment below

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  1. This piece was commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest; premiered by David Shifrin and the Dover Quartet in Portland, OR on July 24, 2017.

    “Thirty Thousand Days was composed in the first half of 2017. My father, ever the statistician, prefers to think of life as a 30,000-day journey, divided into three equal stages. When my sister and I reached our 10,000th days soon after turning 27, he excitedly called to make sure we knew the milestone we had reached. With a sharp memory he recounted stories of his own 10,000th and 20,000th days. While we were amused by his enthusiasm for this seemingly random day, I came to realize the value of looking at life from a broader perspective. Thirty Thousand Days explores this idea of life’s three stages. In the first movement, I try to evoke the joy, innocence, and sweetness of youth. The second movement depicts struggle, coldness, and fury. Finally, the last movement imagines acceptance, resignation, loss, and love. In each movement, I constantly change the musical material so that no motive or moment is ever repeated; it is always evolving. While we may have memories, we can never again truly experience how things were. Thirty Thousand Days is dedicated to my father.” -Chris Rogerson, May 2017

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