Between the Lines (2020)

for violin, cello, and piano

Duration: ca. 7'30"

Commissioned by Copland House CULTIVATE

  • Performance Video Premiere
    April 20, 2021
    Music from Copland House: Pala Garcia, violin; Alexis Gerlach, cello; Peggy Kampmeier, Piano
    Recorded & Filmed in Merkin Hall
    New York, NY

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A light-hearted and capricious dance for orchestra, Janus Antics conjures the two-faced Roman god known for looking forward and backwards simultaneously. Beginning seemingly from nothing, snippets of music build to a dance from a bygone era. This waltz flits from one key to the next while playfully shifting rhythms disguise the pulse. As the dance continues, it becomes more and more distorted, building to a wild and raucous climax. This climax dissipates quickly, however, leading to a return of the opening music. As the intensity builds once again, the listener is left to wonder if the dance will return triumphantly, or collapse back into nothing.