I sketched this piece in the summer of 2018, then set it aside to work on other pieces (with deadlines and performances lined up!). Earlier this year I had the opportunity to present a string quartet on a concert at Hunter College and had an amazing experience working on this piece with the quartet:
Pala Garcia, violin
Leah Asher, violin
Wendy Richman, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
This quartet begins by providing a glimpse of three distinct musical ideas. They seem totally unrelated, but the music seeks to confound this initial expectation. Related textural contrasts are developed between dialogical textures and the quartet speaking as one voice. The pitch material combines just intonation with twelve tone equal temperament.