Have a Nice Day (2007)
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion
This piece was written in the spring and summer of 2007, inspired, at least in part, by four of Saul Steinberg’s cartoons.
I. Now: This is a drawing of a clock and a vase on a mantelpiece. On the clock, the numbers 1-12 are each replaced with the word “NOW.”
II. Untitled: A man is drawing a large circle around himself; the line of the circle is connected to the outline of the man, suggesting that he has actually been drawing himself, without realizing it.
III. Count-Up: This is a drawing of a man walking on steps made of progressively taller numbers, 1-9, which are constructed near a precipice. The man is heading towards zero, the last and largest step, with is also hanging, unsupported, just beyond the edge of the cliff.
The title, Have a Nice Day, is taken from another drawing, this one of a large fish eating a smaller fish. The large fish has “Have a Nice Day” written on it; as if to answer, the small fish has “No Problem” written on it.