Scherzo for Mixed Quartet (2009) by Wayne Peterson
for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello
West Coast premiere

This music is light, simple and direct. It is infused with the spirit of the classical Scherzo rather than its Eighteenth Century formal plan. The initial twenty measures present motif and rhythmic gestures which permeate the remainder of the work.

Three contrasting textures regularly appear:
(1) short, hyperactive, contrapuntal fragments;
(2) sustained tremolos;
(3) homophonic passages (often heard at the end of phrases).
Overall, a gradually increasing tension-curve ultimately asserts itself, culminating in a brilliant, rhythmically irregular coda.

— W. P.    

[from program for May 24, 2010 concert]