World Premiere April 17, 1994, Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland Orchestra; Jahja Ling, conductor
The title Ricochet was suggested by the string technique of a bouncing bow, but the picture is of a rubber ball thrown against a solid object, which then ricochets into another solid object. In this piece, this bouncing image is depicted 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.