Plateaux

violin, viola | andPlay/Wildflower Composers Festival | $12.00

When I was composing "Plateaux," I was facing a particularly challenging time in my personal life. I ultimately decided to turn around the lack of motivation I had and use it as an inspiration for this piece. I emulated the numbness and emptiness that I felt, by allowing for spaces of "loud silence" in both instruments.

Extended techniques include "white noise" playing on hand-muted strings, circular bowing, and half-tone harmonics.

Video: digital premiere performance by andPlay (Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson), August 8 2021.