Thrive on Routinestring quartet (2010)
|Commission||Berkshire Bach Festival for ACME Quartet|
|Premiere||August 13, 2010; Crissey Farms, Great Barrington, MA; ACME Quartet|
I remember reading a description of Charles Ives’s morning routine in Jan Swafford’s biography; it involved waking up very early, at four or five, digging in his potato patch (if it happened to be that time of year), and playing through some of Bach’s Well- Tempered Clavier — a kind of transcendental calisthenics program.
Thrive on Routine is structured in four continuous parts: Morning, Potatoes, Passacaglia, and Coda.