The Boat (2018)


Chase Jordan’s (b. 1998) work for pierrot ensemble, Crimson (2018), is third in a collection of compositions based on poems from Stephen Crane’s collection The Black Riders and Other Short Lines. This work both serves as a narrative retelling of poem, “There was Crimson Clash of War,” and as an emotional response to the poem.


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Approximate Duration: 3’30”

Instrumentation Information:

Pierrot Ensemble (Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Violin, Cello, Piano)

World Premiere Information

Premiered July 20th, 2018 by members of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, Erin Freeman, executive director, at the Dunlop Pavillion, Wintergreen Resort, Virginia.

Program Notes

Chase Jordan’s (b. 1998) work for Pierrot Ensemble, The Boat, is a short composition that was originally composed as part of an exquisite corpse project at the Wintergreen Academy Composer’s Retreat in 2018. Originally paired with a segment from Buster Keaton’s film, the composer composed the score with the intention of bringing the hectic mess and excitement portrayed on the screen into the sonic space music creates. For the composer, film music must first still be good concert music, and the composer has kept that in mind for the composition of this work.

Additional information

Ensemble Type

Chamber Music, Pierrot Ensemble, Sextet


Bass Clarinet in Bb, Cello, Flute in C, Percussion, Piano, Violin

List of Percussion Instruments

Xylophone, Suspended Cymbals, Orchestral Toms (5), Snare Drum, Temple Blocks (5)