Sean Hickey profile

Left at the Fork in the Road

Form
Chamber
Instrumentation
flute, Bb Clarinet, bassoon
Year
2003
Duration
7:00
Premiere
FP: 10/03, Philadelphia Art Alliance
Description

Title track of the debut release on Naxos, and one of my most-performed chamber works.

Program Notes

The sextuplet motive that opens Left at the Fork in the Road quickly yields to a dry accompaniment over which a flute intones a logical melody. A somber midsection pairs the flute and bassoon, who state a forlorn theme in unison - a rarity - while the clarinet obstinately interjects a dotted, falling figure. Returning to the starting tempo, the instruments enter a denser thicket of changing meters and complex rhythms, careening to a showy, tah-dah, sort of ending. The work was partially inspired by the study of Latin rhythms in the works of several composers, notably those of the Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The title came early in the piece's composition, and any political inference that can be made may not be entirely off the mark. It was premiered at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 2003 and has become one of my most frequently performed works and leads off the album of the same name.

News

  • Left at the Fork in the Road – Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

    Wednesday, 8/18 at 7:30 PM Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church I’m honored to have been asked to have my wind trio, Left at the Fork in the Road, performed at this year’s Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, led by Marya Martin and now in its 27th year. Marya will be joined by Anthony McGill and Judith LeClair in the piece. Do join us in the Hamptons for a special evening.

    Check out their site for more info.

Recordings

Left at the Fork in the Road album cover