Each of the three movements in Stratum utilizes the layering of rhythm (movement 1), harmony (movement 2), and melody (movement 3) producing distinct textures and musical soundscapes. In each instance, the exploited component of the music is paramount and the other aspects of musical construction are negligible.
For example, in the second movement there is an intention lack of rhythmic and metrical pulse which allows harmonic constructs to be singular responsible for the aural impression. Conversely, in movement 3 there is an obvious emphasis on melodic presentation producing minimal harmonic progression. In all three movements, there is an intentional use of layering of instrumental parts which further helps to highlight the singular musical characteristic being utilized.
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Contrabass
Duration: 14 minutes