Third Stream

I’m most of the way through writing that piano trio piece I was telling you about, remember, the one with “NO RHYTHM SECTION”?

However…..since I do like to experiment with special techniques (judiciously, of course), I decided to consult with the violinist, Manuela Kaymakanova. It turned out that I had written a few errant double stops that needed to be reined in a bit and a “saltando” that was getting way out of hand.  Also, she gave me advanced warning that most string players don’t like to play “col ‘legno”(tapping the strings with the wood of the bow), and if they see that effect written too frequently, they will flip the bow back over when the composer’s not looking.

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