a long distance relationship for violin and Eb clarinet (2018)

"Antiphon" (2018) calls across time, across cultures, across the plains and mountains of the American West.  Commissioned by Access Contemporary Music for Open House Chicago, the work was inspired by the Newberry Library: its architecture as well as its core collection focusing on exploration and the early history of the West.  As the two musicians signal and reach out to one another, listen for melodies that trace the Romanesque arches and extending horizontals. Perhaps, you can even imagine echoes of horses, trumpets, drums, cowboy yodeling and the lonely cry from the edge of the wilderness.

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From the premiere performance at the Newberry Library, Chicago, as part of Open House Chicago, 2018. Cory Tiffin – clarinet, Violetta Todorova – violin.