This piece was inspired by Rene’ Clausen’s “Petitions,” the fourth movement of his choral composition “Memorial,” first performed in New York on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Clausen’s work, while seemingly simple in the beginning, builds in complexity through repetition of themes and ever increasing layers of sound. Kyrie was begun as an attempt to reflect the music in glass and form, however; as the work progressed, the complexity began to reflect deeper themes of destruction and renewal, sin and redemption, and loss and hope and grace.
The piece is composed of seven individual glass panels or “windows” layered with wire and glass woven into the piece creating a feel of movement upwards. To complete the theme of the Kyrie, wood from the ash tree was selected and milled as the primary wood for the frame. Strips of poplar are layered between the ash strips to provide contrast and depth to the piece.