Surface Tension (2013, r. 2014)

cello and piano


The term “surface tension” refers to the property of a liquid surface that causes it to act like a
stretched elastic membrane. This property is what grants water striders and other relatively dense
small objects (such as paperclips or razor blades) the ability to float on a liquid without breaking
its surface. Surface tension is also what causes liquids to form into spherical droplets.


In this piece, I wanted to emulate the concept by writing constantly flowing music that captures
both the idea of a smooth, elastic liquid surface and also the motions of water droplets – from
dripping to cascading. Expression markings such as “bouyant,” “gliding,” and “restless” help
delineate these qualities to the performers throughout the piece.

duration: c. 4'30"

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