Sadismusic (2013)
for two violins and electronics

 

Performed by Batya MacAdam-Somer and Kim Hain. Premiered in October 2013 at Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego.

This is a work for dueling violins that embodies a power struggle between two archetypal personalities. The first is icy, measured, and nostalgic. A sadistic, playful, and virtuosic side emerges from the first personality and takes on a life of its own, eventually subsuming the scene in a flurry of loud and erratic gestures that are reflected in the electronic material. Nearing the work's close, the two personalities temper each other in a series of call-and-response cadences.

 

 

 

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