Cryptomnesia

Tenor Saxophone and Percussion | Fall 2018 | 6:30


Program Note

Cryptomnesia, commissioned by Ryan Loken, is a dreamlike piece whose title I found while reading C.G. Jung's writings on dreams. Cryptomnesia--literally "secret memory"--is the return of a forgotten memory, presented in a way that makes it seem new. It's a terrifying phenomenon for those tasked with creating new material, such as writers, comedians, and composers, who may find that their next great idea is in reality a result of inadvertent plagiarism. This idea of a neglected recollection is explored through the form of the work. An idea is presented, it is forgotten, then it is remembered anew.

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