Caper

Caper, which means “to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner,” is intended to sound carefree and buoyant, with a measure of child-like playfulness. The cello and electronics dialogue with each other as light-hearted dance partners, imitating and playing off the bouncing rhythmic gestures of each other. This is contrasted by the central section—set over a low, electronic pedal—which features the cello with a long, ascending melody that stridently reaches near the very top of the instrument’s range. A recap of the opening material is followed by the dialogue’s gradual fading away; the cello having the final say.


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DATE

2013

DURATION

3 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION

Cello
Fixed Electronics

PREMIERE

April 7, 2013
Rock Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
John Koen (vc.)

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

May 13, 2014
Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA
Michal Schmidt (vc.)

April 12, 2014
Ethical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Michal Schmidt (vc.)

April 9, 2014
Rose Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Michal Schmidt (vc.)

August 19, 2013
Scanlan Hall, Aspen, CO
Alexa Ciciretti (vc.)

April 12, 2013
Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College, Philadelphia, PA
John Koen (vc.)

AWARDS

First prize, 2013 Network for New Music Third Space Festival Student Composition Competition

RECORDING

John Koen (vc.)

VIDEO

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