Fool’s Milk (composed May 2013) is a chamber work that is expressive and moving in its terse musical language. Focusing on its thematic materials, it is an expressive lyrical work, conveying a sense of repose as much as it conveys a sense of striving. The texture of the Pierrot ensemble is very airy, seemingly admittant in shafts of light and dark between its long-limbed melodic lines.
The emotional heart of the music comes from its inner sections and the concluding statements. Particularly searing in its contemplative reflectiveness, it climaxes in a heightened build of tension and release, truly dramatic in its core. It is profound and exciting; a wonderful collection of combinations of tonally charged buoyancy, eloquently stated and economical.