Memento Mei: To the Memory of Nicholas Maw (2012)
Duration: ca. 12'
Commissioned by the Dahlia Flute Duo
Premiere Date: April 17, 2012, Washington, DC
Memento Mei: To the Memory of Nicholas Maw is a meditation on music, memory, and mortality, inspired by my time studying with the composer Nicholas Maw. Maw frequently urged students to “write what you hear.” On the day I learned of his death, I did exactly that, resulting in the first Soliloquy of his work. This movement acted as a point of crystallization around which other movements—and poetic texts—grew. The form of Memento Mei is ultimately cyclical, with the fourth movement, Canon, acting as an offset centerpiece around which the musical material reflects and refracts, echoing against itself in the final movements.
Memento Mei was commissioned by The Dahlia Flute Duo, and was premiered on April 17, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
— Douglas Buchanan
Memento Mei I - Prelude
Memento Mei II - con fuoco
Memento Mei III - Soliloquy I
Memento Mei IV - Canon
Memento Mei V and VI - Soliloquy II and Postlude