• Title Quest
  • Year 2014
  • Instr fl, hp
  • Duration 7 min
  • Categories Chamber
  • Publisher ACA

“In conceiving a work for a program celebrating Madame Helena Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical movement, and her link to the Dutch painter, Mondrian, I found myself focusing on the life and times of this courageous pioneering philosopher. In the 19th century, it must not have been so easy for a woman to start a philosophical movement, and a philosophical institute to go with it. I decided to focus Quest on the struggle for acceptance that must have inevitably occurred, and to that end, I gave the two instruments specific identities. The flute represents Madame Blavatsky, and the harp the ‘crowd of doubters’ surrounding her. The two instruments make their ‘statements’ in various ways, trying to convince the other, but in the end, the flute persuades and calms the harp, and they share a final, tranquil duet. Quest was written for a concert of the Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy, at the invitation of the composer and pianist Letizia Michielon.” LK

First performance:
Cecilia Vendrasco, flute, Alessandra Trentin, harp
the Plurimo Ensemble
Ateneo Veneto, Venice, Italy, November, 25, 2014


Quest, performed by Alice Teyssier flute, and Ashley Jackson, harp Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Tenri Cultural Institute, April 27, 2018


Rehearsal for premiere of Quest at the Ateneo Veneto, Venice, Italy (l to r) Cecilia Vendrasco, flute, Alessandra Trentin, harp., Letizia Michielon, director, Plurimo Ensemble