Transition for two strings (duos: violin, double bass)
by Andrew Harrison (1992)
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Transition for two strings is a duo for violin and double bass that explores the upper and lower sonic extremes of the string family. The piece was conceived as a fraught dialogue between two instruments that are trying to shout out to each other across a large 'registral canyon' that stretches between them. Thus the emptiness of the middle register 'void' is as much a part of the piece as the notes that are played. As the piece progresses, each transition into a new section or technique, ie from arco to pizzicato to sul ponticello, brings hope to each instrument that it will connect and be heard by the other.
Instrumentation: Violin, double bass.
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication note: Transition for two strings is dedicated to my brother Stuart, who has been through a number of transitions in his life, and always hopes to be heard.
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