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(EX)CHANGING (EX)TRACTS

Date: 2007
Duration: 11 minutes
Instrumentation: violin & piano
Premiere: September 15, 2007. Wolfgang David (violin), David Gompper (piano). Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA).


(Ex)changing (Ex)tracts was written for Wolfgang David (violin) and David Gompper (piano). The work's opening sonority is derived from the closing moments of David Gompper's Star of the County Down, a sonority that appears in various guises throughout the harmonic terrain of (Ex)tracts. The piece is essentially divided in two. While in the first half the piano's primary role is to provide resonance for the violin's free melodies, something of a exchanging of roles takes place in the initial stages of the second half where piano becomes more extroverted and the violin extracts simpler melodies from the piano's angular passages. Eventually both instruments take on an equal level of energy and activity, at times supporting one another and at other times interrupting each other. The piece closes with a placid coda marked in the score as "ethereal."


Performances

—October 3, 2008: Memorial Church, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
—September 29, 2008: Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
—June 3, 2008: Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn, Estonia)
—June 1, 2008: Frankfurter Kunstlerclub (Frankfurt, Germany)
—October 26, 2007: Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)
—September 19, 2007: Denison University (Ohio)
—September 16, 2007: University of Iowa (Iowa City)
—September 15, 2007: Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA)