About this work:
The opening of Quiet Voices features sustained sounds. The three instruments interact with coordinated independence. As the music develops, they move to more active rhythms regulated by a calm underlying pulse and explore a variety of textures. Sometimes the instruments are closely coordinated in their rhythm and pitch patterns; sometimes they are mostly independent. Sometimes they stay in the opening relationship of sounds, where the flute has the highest notes, the cello the lowest, and the clarinet the in between. In other passages their paths cross, rearranging their tonal colors. They draw on melodic and rhythmic gestures introduced early in the piece, but they freely adapt and combine them with new ideas, creating music that has less to do with themes or motivic figures than with the textures, instrumental colors, and predominant rhythmic characteristics of each section of the piece.
Year composed: 2012
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Cello