Pan(dem)ic was composed during the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the entire world hard in 2020, causing massive deaths and collapses of healthcare systems and economies from all over. The piece embodies the immense uncertainty and sense of dread associated with these dark times, expressing various emotional states ranging from anxiety to catatonia, from despair to anger. Towards the end of the piece, there is a subtle reference to Beethoven’s “Muss es sein?” motif from his string quartet no. 16, op. 135. A wide range of viola timbres are explored within this piece, showcasing a melange of strings techniques.
Premiered by violist Christoven Tan on the online release of "CSS Showcases SG New Music Talents" on 18 November 2020, a production by the Composers Society of Singapore