From the composer: Void is inspired by two sculptures, Flora (1850) by Richard James Wyatt and Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (1861) by Randolph Rogers, as well as by the photograph print Basílica do Palácia Nacional de Mafra (2006) by Candida Höfer. Together, these works convey a variety of messages including those regarding the beautiful architecture of the building photographed and the significance of the church when separated from the individuals who fill its physical space. Another idea that the composition works to emphasize in the visual pieces it accompanies is how great emptiness or vastness can also be a source of discomfort or eeriness when scaled in comparison to an individual. With unpredictable rhythms and phrasing, no sense of a harmonic resolution, and airy timbres, the music creates an unfamiliar and vast sonic environment in which the listener can consider these alternate interpretations of vastness represented by the combined works.
This project is part of an on-going partnership between UMMA and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.