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Six Questions duo for violin and percussion  (2000]

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Switzerland’s Marrs/Dobrzelewski Duo, Six Questions is written in the form of a theme and six brief variations. The theme, an original phrygian melody, has a sober, pensive character. Each variation, usually approached without pause, to my ear is like some kind of reaction, or insight, or question prompted by the theme. The specific outline is:

 

Theme: Espressivo

 

Variation One: Misterioso

 

Variation Two: Giocoso solo violin transition

 

Variation Three: Delicatamente; espressivo

 

Variation Four: Semplice, with growing intensity

 

Variation Five: Agitato

 

Variation Six: Con Spirito

 

Theme

 

Coda: Delicatamente

Listen to San Francisco Symphony members Nadya Tichman and percussionist Jack Van Geem play Six Questions . Duration 9:00

Six Questions has been performed by the Marrs/Dobrzelewski Duo (Switzerland), Composers, Inc. San Francisco), Tempo (Los Angeles) SyZyGy (Oregon), as well as faculty and graduate student recitals at University of Montana, Temple University, San Francisco Conservatory, and Hartt Conservatory.