Anger Management

(Therapy for String Orchestra)

Michael Boyman

Performing Ensemble: String Orchestra
Duration: 7:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Anger Management is a study in aggression and heartbreak, rejecting Tennyson’s maxim “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” My goal was to combine the narrative of romantic loss – with its elements of anger, nostalgia, despair and ultimately defiance – with a strict compositional technique and economy of material. The piece is based on two motives: the gruff, ascending three notes of the first bar and a descending half-step sigh, which is eventually transformed and intensified into an ascending major seventh.

--Michael Boyman

Additional Information

Composition Date 2013
Orchestration Str.
Premiere String Orchestra Version: Premiered by Derek Cooper and the Manhattan School of Music String Ensemble on January 26th, 2014.

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