Mermaids

Instrumentation: contrabass duo

Duration: 7′

Program note:

The contrabass has an incredibly wide spectrum of sounds that can be produced from total noise to pure tone. For this work, I wished to explore that spectrum to find those sounds of “inbetween-ness” – those sounds of constant transition, change, and instability. The dialogue between the two basses is always in motion, always seeking common ground and balance, yet the conversation yields a murky residue in its wake. There is an elegance and beauty to these two icons, standing side by side as a pair; there is also something sinister, something bubbling under the surface. This work was written for Keri Pertuit and Maddi Wanner.

performance by Keri Devilynn Pertuit and Madeleine Wanner

audio

https://philipschuessler.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mermaids.mp3
performance: 3/19/19, Southeastern Louisiana University

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