(012), (01234)

for 'cello, viola, piano, violin, clarinet
By Peter Knell

In the summer of 1996, I visited the Musee Rodin in Paris. I was struck by the contrast between the idyllic garden and the misshapen, deformed sculptures strewn about. It struck me as an intriguing idea for a piece, though one that lay dormant until perhaps emerging in this piece. (012), (01234) brings together diverse elements of my musical language, austere, sparse textures; timbral exploration; stasis; dense, resonant harmonies; evocations of American popular music, and attempts to map them onto a new (for me) ensemble.

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“Music is the best means we have of digesting time. ”
--W. H. Auden