Ethan Boxley is an up and coming young composer. He is a senior completing a Bachelor in Music Composition at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. His goal is to compose music which is beautiful and accessible, and also incorporates the complexity of earlier forms. His compositional interests include the use of early forms in modern contexts, and the use of pitches and rhythms made by water and other natural sounds in combination with more tonal musical elements. His works have won a number of competitions and have been performed by the Spektral Quartet, Fort Collins Symphony, Northwestern’s Renaissance Singers, Denver’s Playground Ensemble and NoCo Artists.
The ensemble will be performing my 'Reflections on Water'. The peice 'Reflections on Water’ is an attempt to combine unmeasured chant with unmeasured improvised lines which are meant to imitate the rhythms and pitch patterns of streamlets of water. The luminous chords in the second half of the piece are analogous to moonlight or lamp light reflected off of lakewater. The premises this peice was conceived during a number of nighttime walks around the little lake beside Norris and Annenberg Hall.