Miracles...not math (2010)

for double bass and harp - 10'

 

Miracles… not math is written for my friends Megan Levin and Shawn Conley. The title is taken from Mike Huckabee when he was running in the GOP primaries in 2008. When a reporter told him that it was statistically impossible to win the primaries, Huckabee replied that he did not major in math, he majored inmiracles and believed he could still win. Even though ridiculous at the time, this quote stuck with me. It seems an appropriate title both for the bass and harp sound and for Megan and Shawn, who are miraculous people. The piece is in two parts. The first is a fantasy, with melodic and textural fragments recurring throughout the movement and the second part is aria-esque with the bass singing the melody.