Shadow Etudes (2013)

1st movement
2nd movement
3rd movement

Shadow Etudes (2013) for viola and clarinet was written for Jessica Meyer and Benjamin Fingland of counter)induction, and they premiered it on January 31st, 2013 at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.


Each of the three Etudes explores a variety of musical interpretations of the diverse notions of shadow. Written for Jessica Meyer, Benjamin Fingland, and counter)induction, the three short movements play with the mutable identities and interactions of the two instruments. Their relationship to one another is ever-evolving: at times clear hierarchies are established only to be overturned; unities are achieved that subsequently dissolve; one voice's clarity is overshadowed by the other's shade or opacity. However, the two partners eventually meld into a singularity in the end.