AMONG FRIENDS

2014
for variable ensemble
variable duration

Among Friends refers to both the setting of the work and the performance situation, which asks for a general level of trust or complicity, between performers and audience. The score consists of one melody, containing single pitches and dyads. The musicians are invited to take this melody apart, dwelling on some places, skipping others, and pausing to listen to other players. What results is something between a heterophony and an extension and variation of the original melody. This situation is, in some ways, a response to recent works by Daniel Brandes and Antoine Beuger where musicians are given a collection of fragments to play. Here I give a longer melody, an unbroken chain, and the performers carve fragments out from it