Instrumentation: horn, violin, piano
Duration: 14 minutes
Playtime is a set of five short movements that depict childhood excitement, curiosity, and mischief. The opening movement, Toy Chest, grew from a vivid image of a child discovering a chest filled with hundreds of sparkling metallic toys. The child’s attention rapidly moves from toy to toy as new, more brilliant toys are discovered. Originally conceived as an individual miniature, Toy Chest was composed in 2015 for the Boston-based chamber ensemble Red Hedgehog Trio. The following movements were composed from fall 2017 to winter 2018 to create a multi-movement work.