for violin and pianoviolin and piano (2005)
|Premiere||Rolf Schulte, violin, James Winn, piano at the Library of Congress in 2005.|
The Duo is in two contrasting parts that share underlying motivic, harmonic, and gestural patterns. The first movement, after quiet introductory piano chords, is fast and aggressive. Its form employs a spiral technique in which an idea expands and becomes more complex with each cycle. Here process reverses about three-fifths of the way through, collapsing the music back to its starting point. At the same time, the material continues to proliferate while the form compresses, creating an explosive climax. The longer, more contemplative second movement is in binary form: ABC/A’B’C’. This movement has an elegiac, passionate, and at times dirge-like expression that arose unbidden in response to the sudden deaths of two close friends and a student within the preceding two years.