Train of Thought (2017)
string quartet, piano
Commissioned by the New York Choreographic Institute
Premiered March 17, 2017
Hahnsol Kim and KJ McDonald, violins
Jacob Vandersloot, viola
Philip Sheegog, cello
Fifi Zhang, piano
Train of Thought was composed for the generous commission by the New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. I was very fortunate and privileged to be invited as one of the composers to partake in their 2016-17 season. The roots of this piece began germinating by the conversations I had with the Italian choreographer, Fabio Adorisio and the life transitions during the period.
With a free-flowing, fluid dynamic and a resemblance to through-composed form, the composition was structured mostly around small melodic ideas blossoming in a sporadic manner. As I was on the train getting back to New York City, I had bursts of ideas looking back on some of the memories, that inspired the piece. Scattered ideas and memories creating a train of thought during my train ride back to reality are shown through the loose running structure in the music.
– Nicky Sohn