In 2005, a violinist friend of mine approached me and asked if I would write a piece for her duo with percussionist Svet Stoyanov. Of course I said yes, and the result was a set of three little pieces for two instruments of very different sizes. Here’s the third movement, as performed at its premiere at the 20th-anniversary Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival (I was there; Alaska is ridiculously beautiful). It’s very obviously influenced by the “Louange á l’Éternité de Jésus” movement from Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time, and features Annaliesa putting down her instrument and pounding on the marimba with Svet at the very end.

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For comparison, I also have a recording from the New York premiere at the first Sequenza21 concert, later in 2006. This one is performed by Jeffrey Phillips, violin, and Bill Solomon, marimba. The pinched sounds in the violin part about 45 seconds in are in the score.

[audio:http://createquity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/08-Three-Miniatures-for-Violin-and-M1.mp3|titles=Three Miniatures for Violin and Marimba: III. Meditation]