Excursion (2010) by Wayne Peterson
for violin and piano
World premiere

Excursion for violin and piano was completed in 2009. Its musical language freely employs the chromatic resources of the twelve-note scale. Although no pre-conceived form is followed, the first sixty measures are expository, presenting intervallic and rhythmic gestures which develop throughout the piece. At the beginning, the violin and piano engage in a collaborative dialogue that contrasts both lyric and virtuosic statements. Eventually, the relationship between the two instruments becomes increasingly antagonistic, leading to extended toccata-like passages which bring the piece to ferocious, brilliant conclusion.

— W. P.    

[from program for February 6, 2012 concert]