for alto sax, violin, and cello - 2010, ca 8 minutes
excerpt 2: chaotic
excerpt 1: agitato, calm
a. sax, vln, and vcl
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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.