Cross-currents for solo violin (2015)
The term “cross-currents” refers to currents in a river that flow across other currents. The flow of water in these currents is highly unstable, shifting course constantly. To provoke images of such abstract concepts, this piece uses juxtapositions of conflicting materials as well as quick registral displacements of melodic lines. The idea of water flowing to unpredictable and overlapping directions guides this music to adventurous terrains.
This piece was jointly commissioned by the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as part of the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program. It was written for violinist Yu-Fang Chen for a premiere at the 2015 MMTA state conference in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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