Movement II: “Happy” is the almost desperate attempt to maintain happiness. The beauty of a quiet child intently playing with their smart phone can bring a sort of joy and reprieve to the stressed-out parent but this movement more asks
Are you really happy? Is this really the only way to maintain a respectful, quiet, behaved child?
We trick ourselves into thinking that technology will give us happiness but something is missing, something just isn’t quite right. The happiness is shallow and unrequited, leaving us wanting more.
Premiere performance in Whitmore Recital hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Stefan Freund.