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I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the string quartet of the S.E.M. Ensemble under the direction of Petr Kotik in their annual Workshop & Reading of New Works. Pauline Kim Harris, violin, Lynn Bechtold, violin, David Gold, viola, Brian Snow, cello, presented my Three Monologues for String Quartet.
Surge, Cantabile, and Expletivo portray a wide range of human emotions, from conflicting, dissonant, and aggressive, through delicate, fragile, and innocent. The harmonic language of the Monologues oscillates between Schoenbergian post-tonalism, quartal jazz sonorities, and, at times, hard rock riffs. The present live recording features the second movement – Cantabile.