Lou Bunk Composer




for flute, Bb clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2014)

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Program Notes:

My composition “Fortune” is a reconstruction of melodic material from Machaut’s Motet “Ha Fortune”. Using six melodic fragments from Machaut, I create new textures and harmonies while blending in noise and microtones. The instruments are often working together to create a group sound.  Though occasionally, and with little ambiguity, certain instruments are featured.  

Three text phrases are borrowed from the Machaut, each being the first sung words in the three‐part original:  “Ha! Fortune”, “Qui es promesses” (who trusts in the promises), “Et non est qui adjuvat” (and there is no one who helps). I decided to have the players sing this text at key moments, as its meaning inspired the emotional drive of the composition. Through the music, I explore the idea of being powerless over unexpected events, and how the beautiful can be destroyed by ugly and scary circumstance, and yet in the end, seemingly out of nowhere, good fortune may arise.   


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