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Lilac: A Walk Through the Boston Common

"This composition is inspired by the first bud of spring when walking through the Boston Common. The piece starts softly with the strings walking in pizzicato, then the woodwinds begin to enter representing a person getting further into the park. The main melody is very soft just like fresh flower buds, and continues to flow throughout the tune. When writing this piece I was trying to think of things I loved and/or cared about and the strings ostinato came to mind along with the image of Lilacs in the Boston Common."  Jae VanDerWielen

Lilac: A Walk Through the Boston Common

Recorded:  March 2019 at Bennington College

Orchestra:  Sage City Orchestra
Director:  Michael Finckel
Composer:  Jae VanDerWielen at 16yo

Lilac: A Walk Through the Boston Common  (Rehearsal)

"This is the first sight read of my first orchestral composition Lilac: A Walk through the Boston Common.  Here the Director, Michale Finckel, and I are discussing the dynamics of the flute section."  Jae VanDerWielen 

Lilac: A Walk Through the Boston Common

Recorded:  March 2019 at Bennington College

Orchestra:  Sage City Orchestra
Director:  Michael Finckel
Composer:  Jae VanDerWielen at 16yo

White Elk

"This composition is inspired by the Chinese instrument, erhu. At the time I had been listening to a whole range of traditional Chinese songs and melodies.  I was inspired by the differences between eastern and western chord progressions and the beautiful way melodies are played through an erhu."  Jae VanDerWielen

White Elk

Recorded:  May 2019 at the Long Trail School

String Quartet:  Taconic Chamber Players
Composer:  Jae VanDerWielen at 16yo

Sleep My Child

"Being relatively new to composition, I find myself with many short melodic phrases both in my head and on paper. I have been working on and off on this piece for a few months now, and I believe this is a work in progress, but I also believe that it’s getting close."  Jae VanDerWielen

Sleep My Child

Recorded:  March 2020 at the Long Trail School

String Quartet:  Taconic Chamber Players
Composer:  Jae VanDerWielen at 17yo

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