Fahrenheit 451 takes its inspiration, in part, from the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury. Four hundred and fifty one degrees is the temperature at which paper burns, and the piece explores the character and movement of fire. The character of the piece is demarcated by the tempo: 'pleasantly burning.' Simultaneously, through the instrumentation and counterpoint, the work hints at the complex relationships between three of the main characters from the novel: Captain Beatty, Montague, and Clarisse McClellan.
Performers: Bobby Chastain (bassoon), Evan C. Paul (piano), Rianna Cohen (flute)