I. lullaby

II. cuckoo

instrumentation: flute (doubling piccolo and bass flute), oboe, re-tuned clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion (1 player), piano, viola, cello, contrabass.

duration: ca. 8 minutes.

premiere performance: June 27, 2015, by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Lucas Vis. Le Centquatre, Paris.

two two
for eight musicians

two two, written for Ensemble Intercontemporain, presents two variations on two immutable fixed notes: a mid-register Bb descending to G. This "theme" does not undergo any manner of development, but rather, applies the principle of variation to the content surrounding them. Bb-G is repeated throughout the entire work, constantly finding itself in different contexts. The inspiration comes partially as a reaction to Morton Feldman’s “Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety” (in which two flutes persistently repeat a major-third), and also from two types of music where oscillating thirds are prominent: lullabies and cuckoo clocks.

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