Syriac Fugato 2 (2022) – 5′

For Two Violas*
Version for two violin, or for violin and viola also available 



Awards, Performances

  • Winner, Pennsylvania State University – 2024 International Call for Scores
  • Winner, Earplay – 2023 Annual Vibrant Shores Composition Prize (Syriac Fugato 2,  Violin and Viola Version)
  • Selected work, American Viola Society – 2024 Recording Project Album (Syriac Fugato 2, Viola Duo Version)

Premiered by Natalie Clarke and Dominick Douglas at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME, July 30 2022

Other Performances: 

  • Performance by Zephyr Wills and Carla Mendoza—Pennsylvania State University—Living Music Festival,
    Recital Hall, State College, PA, March 13 2024
  • Performance by Earplay (Violin and Viola version), Old First Church San Francisco, CA, May 20 2024
  • Performance by Talla Rouge Duo—Dumbarton Oaks—Washington, DC, May 3 2024
  • Performance at by Shaleah Feinstein (Violin) and Noémie Chemali (Viola) (Violin and Viola Version) at The
    Church of the Transfiguration (AKA: The Little Church Around the Corner), New York, NY, March 13
  • Performance (Violin and Viola Version) by Ensemble Phoenicia: Charlotte Loukola, Violin and Noémie Chemali, Viola, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY October 2 2023
  • Recorded by Joseph Skerik and Brian Isaacs, at Harkness Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 17 2022
  • Performed by Natalie Clarke and Dominick Douglas at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME, July 31 2022




Performance Notes

Syriac Fugato 2 is a derivative work of Syriac Fugato 1. This series draws inspiration from Eugene O’Brien‘s Black Fugatos. What captures my imagination in O’Brien’s work is the seemingly independent time-layers of the various instruments in the ensemble – this sort of beautiful, organized chaos fascinates me. In Syriac Fugato, I employ a totally different technique to that of O’Brien’s controlled aleatory to achieve a comparable effect, all while crafting the work in my own aesthetic.

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