Double Passacaglia (2006)

Duration: 10:00 minutes

Instrumentation: violin, cello, piano

Premiere: June 12, 2006 at the University of Cincinnati by Carmel Raz, violin, Katya Janpoladyan, cello and Chia-Hsing Lin, piano


     This piece was inspired by an antique clock which had hands measuring units of 90 minutes and 40 minutes, with both hands lining up every 6 hours. I converted the concept to music by creating two passacaglia themes, a 4-measure theme in the treble and a 9-measure theme in the bass. Both themes reach their cadence together every 36th bar, creating a tightly controlled structure for the piece.