Animated States

This two movement work was specially written for the talents of Caroline Szram, violoncellist, and Dr. Aleks Szram, pianist.  The work utilizes the two whole tone scales and the different intervals and triads which can be derived from them.  Musical material is then constructed from the numerous possible progressions and patterns of the intervals and triads.  Imitation of melodic or harmonic elements is not limited to simple repetition but rather is continually developing and expanding.   As highly animated movements, each contains a moment of rest in the middle providing both performer and listener to catch ones’ breath.


Instrumentation:  Violoncello and Piano

Duration:  8.5 minutes