RED MIGRATION for orchestra
Instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 Bb trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, celesta, harp, strings
Red Migration tells the story of my sudden, disorienting, and ultimately joyous move to Minnesota (and my red studio) from California in 2004. It is crafted with “signature Millikan counterpoint” and jazz influence, featuring sparkling displays of color and rhythmic drive. The composition is sectional in nature. Given this was the story of my move across country, I wrote the piece with an intentionally linear course, beginning in one place, ending in another completely, while creating an evolution in the process, with specific points of connection both motivically and orchestrationally. During the composition’s seven and a half minutes, the listener is taken from an explosive beginning (I had to pack quickly!) through long melodic contours and rhythmic layering that vibrantly feature the woodwinds and brass, to an ending that both soars off and arrives home at the same time.