On a Snowy Summer Evening began in the summer of 2015 as an experiment in large ensemble writing. Over time, however, it evolved into a form that not only is more pragmatic for performance, but also allows the subtle details of each line to shine through. I have always loved the idea of using consonant, but not necessarily functional, harmonies to inspire images of nature in the listener. With its long motifs contrasted by short, singable melodies, Snowy serves not as a piece of music for music’s sake, but rather a more programmatic work where the story is created by the listener. It is intended for each individual listener to interpret the title, movements, and the music as their own unique story.