Monochrome Variations Program Notes

Commissioned by cellist Craig Hultgren, this work takes on the idea of developing simultaneously two separate pieces juxtaposed side by side. The two disparate pieces (one dealing with high, fast microtonal passages; the other dealing with slow timbral transitions) are unified by similar pitch materials based around a C- fundamental harmonic series that transforms into an E-fundamental harmonic series). Electronics are used to twist and transform the timbral shadings that occur in both compositional streams. A notational system of colored lines is used to indicate specific elements of timbre control throughout the score. A black and white version of the score is featured in the forthcoming publication SCI Journal of Scores, Volume 50.

Performance by Craig Hultgren: