Windfall

WindfallJason Brauer
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Instrumentation

Violin & cello
4 minutes

Duration

2019

Year of composition

"Windfall" is a musical description of gazing at autumn foliage through colorblind eyes—though my view may not be as vibrant as others', it still possesses a muted beauty that is uniquely mine. The piece is a pastorale structured in seven "gusts" of wind that are framed by silence. The first four gusts are brief and transitory, developing a four-note downward scale motif that represents falling leaves. In the longer fifth gust, this motif playfully swirls and escalates, leading to a violent storm. Finally, the last two gusts depict the storm clearing, inverting the initial motif to an ascending scale as a declaration of hope.