CALDER CADENCES

Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, piano

Written for Ensemble: Peripherie, who gave the premiere on March 6, 2013 at Northern Illinois University and performed the work at Carnegie Hall on October 26, 2013.

Review: "I suspect that Calder would have heartily approved of both the music and the exceptional performance from EP" (NY Concert Review)

   I. The Crab
   II. The Grand Sail
   III. Lily of Force
   IV. Three Up, Three Down

Each of the four movements of Calder Cadences is inspired by a Calder structure: the first by "The Crab" (1962) which rests outside the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the second by "The Grand Sail" (1965) which stands on the campus of MIT in Boston, the third by the stabile "Lily of Force" (1945) which sold at auction in 2012 to a private dealer for $18.6 million, and the fourth by "Three Up, Three Down" which is located on the grounds of Atlanta’s High Museum. In the short, fleeting opening movement, a rapid–fire flute demands the listener’s attention. Formally, the arch–form movement is loosely palindromic, making it quasi "crab–like." The second movement takes on a brooding, ominous tone. Plodding pulses in the piano support more extroverted strains in the cello and bass clarinet. The third movement features placid sinewy lines similar to the wired structure of Calder’s "Lily" stabile. The final movement functions almost as a mobile. Sharp accents in the piano are sustained and enlivened by the other members of the ensemble, and new shadows are cast with each turn of this musical mobile.

   I. The Crab


   II. The Grand Sail


   III. Lily of Force


   IV. Three Up, Three Down



     
"The Crab"                                                                                                           "Lily of Force"

  "Le Grande Voile" ("The Big Sail")                                                "Three Up, Three Down"