Robert A.



Sharp Edges

for violin, viola, cello, bass & percussion
2009 | ca. 7 min.

[] Selected for inclusion in New Music Miami ISCM Festival, January 2011
[] Commissioned by James Stephenson and the Chiasmus Ensemble
Composed for the St. Magnus Composers' Course 2009
f.p. 24 Jun./09, St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland. Psappha ensemble, Christian Baldini (cond.)
subsequent perf.: 15 Jan./11, Miami New Music ISCM Festival Series, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA, NODUS ensemble

Programme Notes

Sharp Edges is a single movement work in three sections, each beginning with a passage of subtle pulsation and static chords followed by a climactic gesture of rising string scales and various percussion figures. If one imagines the music in tangible terms, as a sculpture, I imagine these climactic moments of increased intensity to reflect the boundaries, or edges, of the static passages they follow; hence the title, Sharp Edges.