for flute, oboe, vibraphone, piano, violin, and cello  

The first of Sextet’s two movements (fast and slow) contains the “thinking” of the piece: dramatic and rhythmic, it is full of contrapuntal “games” and theatrical gestures. An opening “motto,” played by solo piano, presents the basic material, from which everything that follows derives in some way. Two solos, one for violin and one for flute, are played independently of the group, which continues in strict time. A final stretto gathers all the strands into insistent rapid chords. The second movement is a “reverberation” of the first, using the same material but in a more lyrical way. It is largely built on long lines that spin out over ostinati. Its climax suddenly gives way to a quietly insistent ostinato, interrupted three times by chords in the piano. After the third interruption, the rest of the ensemble loses interest in the piece, and the work ends with a “quirk.”

Performed by Encounters Chamber Ensemble.