Everything's Fine and Nothing's Ever Been Wrong
For string quartet
Commissioned by the Amaranth Quartet
Composed during a time of personal crisis, this work addresses the many nuances of tension; especially the kind of quiet, sustained tension that often goes unnoticed. All of the harmonies in this piece are built from clusters, the unstable collections of notes one might get by smashing a fist on the keys of a piano, but throughout the work these clusters present themselves in various guises in an attempt to sound and act like more traditional harmonies. The deception can never be completely successful, no matter how much beauty might be found in the clusters’ denial of identity.