CHAMBER MUSIC

Ambiguity Redux

2019

13 minutes; for Pierrot Ensemble with Percussion (Flute, Clarinet in Bb / Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Marimba / Vibraphone, Piano).

Ambiguity Redux uses minimalism to explore subtleties in color, harmony, and rhythmic emphasis. Gorgeous, soaring lines for cello and violin permeate the work. The harmony extrapolates from an open-fifths structure. Like other minimalist pieces, the feel of the pulse is important, driving the energy of the piece and providing a framework for subtle syncopations and accents to fall against. The melodic and rhythmic motives are exchanged throughout the piece, moving from one instrument to the other. At the finale, each motive presented thus far is re-shuffled and combined in a new way, layered one over the next, in a triumphant conclusion.

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