Brooke Joyce, Magic 8 Ball (2001)

Magic 8 Ball contains three sections of music called "couplets", all of equal length. Before the piece is performed, the audience asks a Magic 8 Ball three yes or no questions, the answers to which determine the order of the couplets for the two players. Depending on the 8 Ball's prophesy, the players may or may not end up playing the same couplets at the same time.

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Brooke Joyce holds degrees in theory/composition from Lawrence University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has composed music for a variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras and soloists, but his first love is music for the theater. Among his music-theater collaborations is An Imaginary Line, a chamber opera based on the book Into the Wild by John Krakauer. He also enjoys playing the piano and organ, reading Edward Gorey books and exploring the outdoors. Brooke is a PhD candidate at Princeton University and a faculty member of the Walden School in New Hampshire.


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