EXCERPT- Solo I: Splat! (01:52)
music by Justine F. Chen
performed live by Concertante
six was commissioned by the New York based virtuoso string group, Concertante. When I was asked to write this piece, the prescription I was given specified the instrumentation (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos), the duration (12-15 minutes), and that it feature each of the players. Given the sheer virtuosity of this group, and the large number of players (large for a chamber work), my performing forces looked more like a tiny chamber orchestra, comprised of its own favoriti (soloists), than a large chamber group. In this piece, I tried to negotiate solo virtuosity and group virtuosity.
total duration: 12 minutes