Robert A.
BAKER

composer

 

Valence II

for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
2010 | ca. 13 min.

[] Commissioned by James Stephenson and the Chiasmus Ensemble for a premiere at the 2010 York Spring New Music Festival, England
[] Selected for inclusion in FSU 15th Biennial Festival of New Music, Tallahasee, Florida

f.p. 15 May/10, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, England. Chiasmus Ensemble, James Stephenson (cond.)
subsequent perf.s: 27 Sept./10, Didsbury Arts Festival, Manchester, England, Chaismus Ensemble; Jan./11, FSU 15th Biennial Festival of New Music, Tallahasee, FL, USA


 

 


Chiasmus Ensemble of Valence II at the Didsbury Arts Festival 2010, Manchester, England



Programme Notes

Valence II for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (composed February and March 2010), is the second in a projected cycle of chamber pieces that explores the dichotomous relationship between continuity and discontinuity. An extension of Valence I for solo piano, Valence II presents greater degrees of continuous discourse and consequential outgrowths of musical materials than its predecessor, suggesting a more developmental and directional musical form. While Valence II stands alone as an independent piece, I consider it to be a proliferation of the first; one that develops several ideas from Valence I to greater extremes through duo and trio contrapuntal passages, timbral fluctuations, and the interplay between micro-tonal and tempered harmonies.

Valence II was written for James Stephenson and the Chiasmus Ensemble, for the 2010 York Spring New Music Festival, University of York, England.