Zusammenfluss, alto saxophone + piano, 2014. (23 minutes)
• Commission of New Music USA,
Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, saxophone;
Niel Nanyi Qiang, piano
Premiered March 6, 2015, Studio Z, St. Paul, MN
Zusammenfluss—a German word for “confluence” from the roots “Zussammen” (together) and“Fluss” (river, flow)—is a work conceived as a dialog between differing modes of temporal perception. Its central object is glimpsed on a multiplicity of time scales to form distinct streams of activity, combined and re-combined in turbulent flow, to explore notions of consonant and dissonant time. It is the fourth installment in a cycle of German-titled duos and trios that form the basis of a large-scale chamber cycle to be completed in 2015. Zusammenfluss was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Anonymous.
For more information on this commission please visit the New Music USA Project Page at https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/commission-on-the-mutability-of-time/
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