Eileen Kocherlakota and the Vermont Philharmonic
Audio recording of Hidden Mountains from a performance by the Vermont Philharmonic on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in their "Espana" Annual Family Concert at the Barre Opera House.
Eileen Kocherlakota has been composing music since she was nine years old. She started composing with Music-COMP and found she enjoyed this new world that was so different from performing. She likes being on the other side of the score, creating melodies, harmonies, and experimenting with the different tones and timbres of the variety of instruments. Eileen has composed for many different combinations of instruments, including string quartet, voice, and full orchestra. She likes the challenge that writing for different types of instruments presents. Eileen has recently had pieces played by the Burlington Ensemble, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Youth Symphony and through Music-COMP. Throughout her entire composing experience, Eileen has been guided and mentored by composer Erik Nielsen and other Music-COMP mentors. She has also been supported by her family, teachers, and Music-COMP. Eileen is an 18 year old senior at Burlington High School. Outside of composing, Eileen enjoys reading, mathematics, and listening to music.
Hidden Mountains: The concept of mountains being hidden sounds preposterous, and yet it is the idea around which the piece was formed. In the first section of the piece, the mountains are shrouded in fog, and all that can be seen are small glimpses of the peaks. When the piece then switches from minor to major, the sun burns away the fog, and the mountains appear; glorious, beautiful, and majestic. The piece then transitions back to minor, heralding the return of the fog, and obscuring the mountains from all. They are once again a mystery. The piece strives to be both mysterious and hopeful, haunting and joyous, as it illustrates an idea that is at times real, and at others, a dream. All the instruments take part in helping to bring this concept to life, sharing the melody between them, and giving the mountains that spring to life the unpredictability that comes from being hidden.
Hidden Mountains was "commissioned" by the Green Mountain Youth Symphony orchestra under the direction of Bob Blais for it's April 2014 concert featuring women composers. Thanks to the Vermont Philharmonic and director, Lou Kosma, for this collaboration with Music-COMP. Thanks also to Michael Read, president of the Board of Directors, and Edie Miller for publicity.