O GENUS INFELIX HUMANUM (2020)for Solo PianoCommissioned by and dedicated to Min KwonDuration: 3½ MinutesCommissioned by pianist Min Kwon as part of a project involving dozens of American composers, O Genus Infelix Humanum is a variation on America the Beautiful, and hence a reflection on these unsettled and unsettling times. The title comes from Lucretius and translates as “O hapless human race,” the beginning of a disquisition on human credulity. My treatment of the melody involves stripping it of its original rhythm and inverting the notes. A fragment of the original is also heard, but with the new rhythm I have given the inversion. In the peroration the melody is presented in retrograde inversion.
YouTube Video:Min Kown, pianoInterview and performance starting at 32:26