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Lake Effect



for string quartet
Duration: 10'
Winner of the 2013 Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition
Program Note:

I. Glacial Remnants - residuals 1 (solo)

II. Not a Drop - residuals 2 (duo)

III. Surface Tension - residuals 3 (trio)

IV. Condensation


This quartet is structured with four movements separated by three short interludes called “residuals.” The quartet should be played continuous without breaks between movements and interludes. Lake Effect was the first piece I composed after moving away from Michigan. During the time, I was struggling to come out of a pretty severe creative drought. I began with the second movement, Not a drop, which became the catharsis I needed. Afterwards, I decided to compose the other movements around various aspects of water and the Great Lakes.

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