Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME)
05/06/15 – Oberlin, OH – Oberlin Conservatory, Warner Concert Hall
Aram Mun, flute
Natalia Badziak, viola
Eliot Haas, cello
Annie I-Lin Tsai, piano
Timothy Weiss, conductor
Waxen retains material from a previously composed duet of mine for violin and viola entitled Cantus. Both the sound world and technique of arpeggiating over the open strings is here composed in a more rigorous manner transformed from a formerly improvised texture to one that is more controlled. Waxen also strives to rework the form of the baroque minuet; the traditional form: I, II, I, III, I da capo is reconstructed by way of misplaced repetitions and eliding material. This scheme is additionally interrupted by an interlude and bagatelle. This “trite” dance form consisted of quick steps and jumps performed at court, and was often found at the tail-end of baroque dance suites as a sort of palate cleanser. The transformation of this dance in Waxen engenders (I hope) a more current and personal expression of the minuet form.
Brossard Dictionary (1703) Minuet definition:
“…a kind of dance, the steps whereof are extremely quick and short, it consists of a coupe, a high step and a balance; it begins with a beat, and its motion is triple…”
The Emissary Quartet (flute quartet) will be playing a newly wrought arrangement of my piece Wedge originally for flute trio on April 20, check out their website above for more specifics. Below is a performance of Wedge taken during my senior recital at the Oberlin Conservatory, enjoy!
and interview below: