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A Garden of Roses is a composition for wind ensemble written between October 2022 and March 2023 during a residency with the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble.The piece was inspired by a narrative of discovery, grief, and acceptance abstracted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s children's story, The Little Prince. In the story the little prince tells his adventures of exploring various planets. He recalls seeing a rose for the first time, with which he was immediately enamored, as he had never known of their existence and believed it to be one of a kind. Upon visiting other planets, the little prince stumbled upon a garden full of roses and was devastated to realize that roses are actually commonplace and his individual rose was only special because he believed it to be.


I intended to draw on this narrative of shifting expectations sonically in A Garden of Roses through exploring the relationship between perception, anticipation, and expectation.


instrumentation: wind ensemble


ca 9'

A Garden of Roses
00:00 / 08:26

Premiered April 12th, 2023 by Arizona State University's Wind Ensemble 

Thesis/ Research

A Garden of Roses is part of my master's Composition thesis at Arizona State University. A written document explaining the conception of the work and the residency process is published in ProQuest.

Access the document on ProQuest here

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