Gemini in Miniature (2017)

for violin, clarinet in Bb, and piano [ca. 7 minutes]

Program Note

This piece is built upon the juxtaposition of contrasting material. Each block of music contains a character unique to itself and little is done to fluidly connect them. The source of the title Gemini in Miniature is the Zodiac sign Gemini. To reflect the duplicitous nature associated with this sign, the first two thirds of the piece utilize a rapid succession of contrasting material while the last third focuses on a single melody. This melody, which was first presented in an upbeat tempo, is now stretched out over a lush bed of sound, creating a tranquil soundscape to contrast the opening energetic material.