for alto sax, violin, and cello - 2010, ca 8 minutes

(click here for clarinet version)


excerpt 2: chaotic

excerpt 1: agitato, calm

full recording:

Composed for the Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France. Performed by members of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble.


a. sax, vln, and vcl


click below to see score:

program note

A certain spectral composer described this piece as “changing” too often, hence the title. I imagine my trio as a musical set of mood swings, beginning with a fiery angst and moving between other emotions at a moment’s notice: joy, longing, humor etc.. Thematic and motivic materials keep things coherent, with the pitch of C sharp providing an effective anchor while ideas bounce off one another. The conversation between the musicians constantly moves between arguments and agreements, until eventually a resolution is reached.