This piece is a short orchestral work that derives inspiration from Faulkner’s novel The Sound and The Fury. The title is a quotation from a passage in the novel in which a character is recollecting his father presenting him with a watch that has been a family heirloom. The character recounts being told that the watch is “the mausoleum of all hope and desire,” because it keeps track of the fleeting nature of human existence. With this in mind, the piece seeks to reflect this sense of foreboding and defeat.
*This piece was composed with a two-minute duration in mind for an orchestral reading project at the University of Louisville. The composer hopes to expand the work to a longer duration in the near future.*