Beautiful Lines

      1. Beautiful Lines - Movement for String Quartet
      2. listen

I have always been fascinated by the power of single lines and their proliferation into more complex structures. This fascination is often in, but has never been limited to, musical lines.

Beautiful Lines contemplates a single musical line, imposed on itself in a myriad of different forms and relations; the changes of the relationships as well as the prominent use of glissandi throughout renders an otherwise static line into dynamic, self-similar patterns across the ensemble and through the movement. At Bar 41, the glissandi halt, and a chorale, rendered by turning the glissandi figure into discreet pitches is heard. This too dissolves back into glissandi, eventually moving to the highest possible register of the ensemble, at the movement’s conclusion.