for 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, piano

Harman composed Projection at a time when he was pursuing his growing interest in condensed forms of expression. Consisting of many small sections and many even smaller fragments, the piece has a decidedly anti-narrative large-scale structure. Yet despite its lack of an overarching narrative, it still creates dramatic expectations—even though these are systematically undermined. Projection also displays a degree of spontaneity that is uncharacteristic of some of Harman’s other work. Some of the ideas in the piece were inspired by Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, from which Harman drew not quotations but impressions: ideas derived from his immediate response to the structure of that concerto. In psychology, “projection” refers to the unconscious attribution to another person of personal traits that one denies in oneself; Harman regards Rachmaninov’s music as a “projection” onto this work.

Performed by:
Encounters Chamber Orchestra
Gary Kulesha, conductor

Commissioned with generous support from the Laidlaw Foundation