Soft Aberration no. 2
for piano and viola(2015)
|Premiere||March 12, 2015; New York University, New York City; Karl Larson, piano • Anne Lanzilotti, viola|
Soft Aberration no. 2 is a piece about imitation, but rather than sharing identical musical material I imagined each instrument as a damaged reflective surface which projects a kind of "broken echo" between the two instruments. In some sense the piano wants to "see itself" in the viola's music and the viola wants the same from the piano. The two struggle with this throughout the piece and at various times they find a way to "see" each other.