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Double Bass Quartet

Premiered: Nov. 2017; Room 21, The Hartt School, Hartford, CT



...coalescence... is a reworking and exploration of mm. 41-44 of Satie Sat at Tea by James Sellars, which are quoted in their entirety in the section from 3'41" - 4'. Their shifting sonorities serve as a foundation for the sections before and after the quotation, providing brief glimpses into tonality but always sliding. The bassists can be heard imitating and moving around one another as they begin to converge on to the only strictly homophonic moment in the work: Sellars' own harmonic progression. The sense of unity remains a vestige as the bassists move through the end.

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