Joelle Wallach

About this work:

In physics and mathematics as well as in fields as apparently disparate as fabrics and photography, a moiré pattern refers to a visibly evident secondary pattern created when two identical, most often transparent ones, are overlaid and slightly displaced or rotated with respect to one another.

Composed at Copland House thanks to the generous hospitality of the Copland Foundation,  Moiré named for the phenomenon, explores the shifting perceptions of scale and texture within the ensemble and the musical iridescence of its musical materials.  As such it is an unabashedly tonal work for two violins, viola and two ‘celli OR for two violins, two viola and cello, in which melodies and tonalities appear to shift and give rise to otherwise invisible patterns that gracefully and mysteriously surface, submerge and resurface.



Year composed: 2013
Duration: 00:09:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 2 Violin, 2 Viola, 2 Cello
Instrumentation notes: 2 violins and either 1 or two violas and 1 or 2 cellos total 5 strings

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