PROXIMITIES

(for Flute and String Quartet — 2006)

The piece is an investigation of contrasts and how one motivic element will be altered when placed in proximity to another. Unlike some of my other pieces, there is no extended melodic theme per se. Instead, recurring motifs join to form thematic illusions when in proximity to others. There are three basic sections, quite different in emotional effect but based on the same gestures. The first explores tension and ambiguity, the second ethereal stillness, the third rhythmic drive.

The recording is from a live concert on October 14, 2006 in San Francisco. The players are members of the Presidio Ensemble: Amelia Lukas (flute), David Ryther (violin), Deborah Katz (violin), Victor Lowrie (viola), and Kathryn Thompson (cello).

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