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Veloce for cello excerpt
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score sample Veloce for violin

score sample Veloce for cello

Veloce is a set of miniatures strung together by a common interest in speed.  The first movement, cadenze, is an attempt to create an entire movement constructed of nothing but a series of cadenzas for each instrument.  It is marked “Wildly fast” and is meant to be both a virtuosic display and a toccata-like exposing of the novel tonal basis for this work.  Veloce was composed using a new technique I have developed that uses tonality based not on the circle of fifths, but rather on a unique set of symmetrical circles that produce a fascinating, yet familiar tonal landscape.

After the ferocious beginning, the tiny second movement, evening prayer, is a joltingly static, meditative response.  The piano begins with a bell-like tolling ostinato.  After a couple of cycles, the cello answers with a distant chant, a plaintive prayer. The third, untitled movement is played as fast as possible from start to finish.  The players chase each other across their upper registers in a furious though nearly silent (ppp sempre!) scamper.  The final movement, aria, is marker Adagio lacrimosa.  It is a lament for the cello marked by harsh and unrelenting interjections from the piano.  The work ends with a subdued though not quite fully resolved Eb Major chord.