Sabina (2008-9)

scored for solo violin or viola or cello
duration 8 minutes

Sabina uses the same musical ideas as the last movement of my string trio The Companion Guide to Rome. This material, sketched after an early morning visit to one of Rome’s oldest churches, has proven a useful vehicle for exploring the sonic range of string instruments.

The viola version of Sabina was premiered by Nokuthula Ngwenyama at the Kennedy Center as part of the Young Concert Artists Series. The cello version was premiered by Laura Usiskin on the New Music New Haven Series at Yale.  The violin version was premiered by Todd Reynolds on the Kettlecorn New Music series.

Check out this video of Clara Kim playing Sabina.