Ataraxia is a fantasia on a theme written for high schooler Jack Knight. It starts with a large brass chorale, explores various musical ideas and wraps up with a large heroic statement of Jack’s Theme. It ends with a crushingly loud sonority played in unison rhythm across the band as a triumphant statement of Jack’s spirit. The title, Ataraxia, symbolizes Jack’s equanimity in the face of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and how I hope Jack’s family find their peace. Though this music is more like an action movie (Jack does LOVE Star Wars after all), the definition of Ataraxia is, “A state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.”
This piece was commissioned by Chase the Music and will be premiered by the Standley Lake High School in Westminster, CO under the direction of Carissa Duran.