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Seduction Involves Patience

viola and soundtrack (2012)


Duration: 10 minutes
Premiere: June 2, 2012
The Stone, New York, NY

program note

In Seduction Involves Patience, my goal was to illuminate the powerful sound of the viola, extending it outward to fill the performance space. The live instrument dodges and weaves through the electronic part, created entirely from viola recordings, which repeatedly expands and contracts from thick walls of sound to delicate ripples. Sometimes the live viola plays in the foreground, but at other times it slips around behind the electronics, or blends seamlessly into the texture. Because the range of the viola is similar to that of the human voice, it sounds to me as if it is singing a journey through a jagged mountain range in constantly changing weather.

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