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A simultaneity of conflicting modes of expression


The three pieces presented here are examples of three manifestations of a new structural principal in my compositional work, the coexistence of two fundamentally different types of musical material within the same piece. The two types are: fast/energetic, directional, and often assertive music; and slowly moving, quiet, and with a concentration on subtle sonorities. While these two modes of musical expression (fast and slow) are not uncommonly used together, my uses of them require special care as I anticipate significantly contrasting modes of listening in relation to these two types of situations. Through three pieces, I explore three different ways of creating an environment in which two contrasting elements can exist in a meaningful way.

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