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Palindrome (1992, rev. 1993)
flute (picc), Bb flat Cl (B.Cl.), perc, pf, vln, vc
Duration: ca. 15’

SMMP No. 103

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Premiere of revised edition: California State University, Long Beach, July 1996, Speculum Musicae, Brad Lubman, conductor.

In Palindrome I was interested in utilizing the component trios of the sextet, a paradigm of ensemble treatment that occupied my interests in several subsequent works. The surface character of the piece becomes quite dynamic given the constantly (albeit gradually) shifting foci.

While there is no deliberate text to correspond to the title, the form of the work is palindromic. The piece hovers around a central section where the woodwinds dominate in a hyperbolic, yet distant, reinterpretation of earlier material. Forms in general are hypotheses of musical memory, and in the case of a palindrome we recreate as we remember.