for large orchestra
The title of this short orchestral work was first suggested by the string technique of a bouncing bow, but its inspiration is the image of a rubber ball thrown against a solid object, which then ricochets into another solid object. This bouncing image is expressed at different rates of time. After an initial “wind-up”, the music ricochets at first in slow motion. After each subsequent rebound, the music accelerates a little, so that by the final bounce, it is moving in real time again. In a final parting gesture, the ball, now low on kinetic energy, bounces off into the distance.