Unspoken romantic feelings. The absent, or undemonstrative, parent. Kitchen table tales of a like-minded ancestor. All of us have had deep connections to other human beings that are never expressed, yet hold a powerful influence over our thoughts and actions.
I’ve just completed a composition called Silent Bond that explores these connections. Two complementary textures occupy the same time frame, periodically converging, though without directly acknowledging one another. Late in the game a third force enters the scene, causing the music to veer off course. At the end, traces of the earlier synergy remain, but altered.
Silent Bond is scored for 13 musicians; it runs about seven minutes.