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Constellation
for violin and piano

When Nadia Francavilla approached me to commission this piece, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone. As many of my works involve nature in some way, I was curious to further explore the theme of stars—infinitely distant from us and each other, yet close enough to reach to them. Trying to evoke that distance was difficult with a through-composed work, so I represent it through individual blocks of sound and motives that act independently but come together to create a unified musical direction.

Extended techniques include circular bowing and increased/decreased bow pressure represented graphically on the score. The score also gives space for some elements of performer choice: repeating certain cells ad libitum, etc.

"Constellation" will be premiered by Nadia Francavilla and Carl Philippe Gionet at the "Changing Light" concert of the UNB Contemporary Festival of Music, November 5, 2021 (recording forthcoming).