Of Bow and Touch
Bass and Piano).
Also available as:
for (Cello and Piano).
Audio clip of "Of Wood and Touch" performed by Gianna Abondolo, cello, and Teresa McCollough, piano, in a live concert at Old First Church in San Francisco, CA..
Also available as:
(for Viola and Piano).
Audio clip of "Of String and Touch" performed by Peter Neubert, viola, and STacy Kawk, piano, in a live concert.
"Of Bow and Touch is a very effective and accessible work, with artful melodies and inventive use of harmonies and textures."
------- Hans Sturm, Bass World Magazine, 2001
"...a very interesting and effective work."
------- Gordon Rumson, Music & Vision Magazine, May 2001
Winner of a 2001 award from The International Society of Bassists.
|The bassoon and piano version of this piece, Of Breath and Touch, is featured on Carolyn Beck's 2005 CD, Beck and Call, on Crystal Records CD 846. Click CD for more info.|
|Winner of an award in 2001 from the International Society of Bassists, Of Bow and Touch explores the full range of an expressive member of the string family that doesn't get quite as many chances to shine in a solo capacity as its smaller relatives. With influences as far ranging as Middle Eastern music and jazz ballads, this piece-- composed originally for bassoon-- uses hypnotic rhythm and long lyrical melody to take listeners on a journey through many unexpected realms.|
Review by Hans Sturm in the 2001 edition of Bass World:
Of Bow and Touch is a dramatic work with beautiful bass melodies and an intriguing use of harmony and texture.
The piece begins with a striking introduction: pedaled E flats in the piano echo over four octaves in the lower register. The bass enters majestically with a double dotted theme over long held low chords. After a brief fermata, the A theme appears, featuring broken sixteenth notes arpeggios in the piano, beginning with strong accents that slowly die away. While the piano texture remains consistent throughout the A section, the bass melody begins as an arc of long held notes, punctuated by sixteenth note flourishes and dotted syncopations.
After an extended passage of fast rhythms spiccato, the melody reappears before the rubato B theme is established. Rich quiet harmonies support a lyric bel canto, yet complex rhythms in the melody. Slight ritardandos alternate with a tempo bars in 6/4 throughout the B section.
A virtuosic cadenza marked "very freely, improvisation is encouraged" further embellishes the melody with double stops, sixteenth note triplet arpeggios, and intricate runs. The B theme returns, followed by a highly syncopated contrapuntal passage that accelerates into the final statement of the A section.
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