Psalm (2006)

Duration: ca. 7′
Instrumentation: solo violin or viola
Score (violin version)

Psalm was written over three days following Christmas 2006. The title refers not to any specific psalm, but rather the spirit of them as a whole. The word psalm derives from the Greek word meaning “to play a stringed instrument”, so it seemed fitting for a solo string piece. The material of the work is derived from an invented scale, developing the initial melodic material through a number of characters and transformations.

Originally composed for violin solo, the viola version was made for violist Rebecca Matayoshi, who I met at the University of Illinois.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Spring 2008 – Urbana IL
Rebecca Matayoshi, viola

February 2008 – Urbana, IL
Rebecca Matayoshi, viola

April 2007 – Gainesville, FL
Lauren Holder, violin

March 1, 2007 – Gainesville, FL (world premiere)