Friction (2008) by Mei-Fang Lin
for flute and viola
World premiere; Earplay/ACF commission

Friction delineates the confrontation of the two instruments used in this piece — flute and viola, and the tension in between them resulting from an effort to shape the larger course of the piece together through a sort of non-cooperation. The physical phenomenon of beating in the acoustics of sound is often used as a metaphysical model for interference in a local level. The more global structure of the piece relies on the evolution of this tension and its resolution (or non-resolution).

Friction was commissioned by the Earplay New Music Ensemble through the American Composers Forum’s Northern California Composers Commissioning Program.

— M.-F. L.    

[from program for March 28, 2011 concert]