Blue Lines (2007)

for 'cello, viola, violin, piano, clarinet
By Douglas Boyce

This work is dedicated to Andy Jaffe, jazz composer, pianist, arranger and teacher. I studied with Andy at Williams College from 1988 to 1992, and his approach to music-making and teaching has influenced everything all my work since. He once related to our class how he had bet a friend that he could write an entire bigband chart on his morning commute into Boston. Those who know Andy will not be surprised that he succeeded. The work was entitled ‘Greenlines,’ after his T line. In that spirit, ‘Bluelines’ was composed and typeset during my morning commutes on the Blue line from Northern Virginia to Washington DC over the course of one week in early October, 2007. The work was premiered by counter)induction at the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, Canandaigua, NY (15 November, 2007).

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“The introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state, for styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. ... The new style, gradually gaining a lodgment, quietly insinuates itself into manners and customs, and from it ... goes on to attack laws and constitutions, displaying the utmost impudence, until it ends by overturning everything.”
--Plato, "The Republic"