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HYPALLAGE

Date: 2015
Duration: 5 minutes
Instrumentation: violin, Bb clarinet, piano
Premiere: November 15, 2015. Detroit Chamber Winds
Notes: Advanced to the Semi–Final round of the 2015 Rapido! Competition.

Written according to the required specifications of the 2015 Rapido! Composition Contest, Hypallage is a set of five variations on an original theme for flute, violin and piano. The theme, consisting of a single long melodic strand, is presented in a sprightly minimalist texture in which the clarinet follows closely behind the violin in quasi–canonic fashion. The melody, anchored around the pitch A and characterized by its ascending A–E–G head motive, contains several wave–like phrases, each reaching higher than the previous. The violin–clarinet quasi–canonic relationship features prominently in variations 1, 4 and 5, those variations also maintaining to varying degrees the sprightly character of the theme. Variations 2 and 3, on the other hand, take on a more pensive disposition as the darker qualities in the thematic melody are accentuated. Variation 2 features foreboding, thundering chords over which the violin and clarinet provide anxious swells, while the "ghostly" Variation 3 features a haunting clarinet melody doubled by violin harmonics and accompanied by cascading gestures in the piano.

Hypallage has advanced to the Semi–Final round of the 2015 Rapido! Competition and will be premiered by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings on November 15, 2015.

Performances

—November 15, 2015: Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield, MI)