for cello and piano(2017)
|Commission||Commissioned by Anssi Karttunen and Nicolas Hodges|
|Premiere||April 22, 2017; Reid Hall, Columbia Global Center, Paris; Anssi Karttunen, cello - Nicolas Hodges, piano|
Duo for Cello and Piano (2017) was composed for the cellist Anssi Kartunen and the pianist Nicolas Hodges. I couldn’t resist writing for these two great musicians who are fostering a larger repertoire of contemporary works for this traditional medium.
The Duo is in one movement of approximately 15 minutes and falls into three progressively expanding cycles. Within each cycle, sharply contrasting musical ideas move seamlessly from one to the next. In conceiving the work, I grappled with how sonically unlike the two instruments are. I responded by treating them as if they were in different tempi and oriented to different pitch centers, each with its own material seemingly unrelated to the other. Within this challenging framework, I sought and found common ground for the cello and piano to interact in an intricate structural and expressive dialogue.
– Fred Lerdahl