- (kwin tes’ ens), n. The pure and concentrated essence of a substance
Quintessence is an episodic work that utilizes the extrapolation of a single musical cell to create the impetus for the entire piece. It is, above all, a work meant to be organically self-perpetuating. In this piece, the note G could be considered the “primordial ooze” from which the first organism will emerge… a single-cell musical amoeba of sorts. This is comprised of the first three notes presented in episode one: F, G and A-flat. This whole-step, half-step relationship extending out from G serves as the evolutionary starting point for the music. As in nature, variation and mutation give way to increasingly more diverse offspring as the work progresses through its five episodes.