Dyspnoea for Irvine Arditti, violin solo, 2009 (11 minutes)
• School of Music, University of Minnesota, 9 December 2009.
Irvine Arditti, violin solo.
Written specifically for violin virtuoso Irvine Arditti’s 2009 visit to the Twin Cities this piece was imagined as a quasi-schizophrenic internal dialog between 9 distinct personalities. The resulting meta-counterpoint of thematic materials requires the soloist to navigate between these competing moods in rapid succession as each material invades the others. These constant interruptions serve to first obscure, and eventually, to illuminate the emblematic J. S. Bach fragment laying at the heart of the piece.