Stephen Vincent Casellas Composer
Stephen Vincent Casellas Composer

April

for Strings Only (string orchestra)

completed November 2017. Premiere TBD.

 

perusal score here.

April is probably one of the most haunting and personal pieces I have ever composed. Originally, it was being composed for New York University's Pulsing and Shaking new music festival....but I never finished the composition in time.

 

That isn't something a professional should admit, but here's why:

 

This was my way of pulling myself out of the darkest place I have ever been in, mentally. I had just started Wellbutrin for my anxiety, which was becoming out of control. The Wellbutrin pushed me over the edge.

 

Eventually, composing this music became too painful to continue doing. I kept the files, but in my mind I had already given up on it entirely. I was not in a mental state well enough to handle revisiting these emotions over and over and over and over again...

 

I eventually did finish this music, but now it is sitting on the shelf. I have uploaded it here in case anyone reads this story and is moved by it. Feel free to email me below for a MIDI mockup of it, but just know it won't do this piece justice. I hope I can delete this paragraph very soon and post a real recording of this work of pure emotion.

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