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Jon Paul Mayse – String Trio

By Jon Paul Mayse

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Micah Brightwell – Violin
Sam Kelder – Viola
Benjamin Swartz – Cello

The String Trio is a study of biblical Light and Darkness. Darkness is portrayed by scratch tones, extreme dynamics, and fast, nervous figurations, while Light is portrayed by harmonics, longer tones, and a rising melody. At the outset, the Light theme emerges out of scratch tones, which then crescendo into a series of alternations between hammered and harmonic chords. The piece ends with a meditation on the baptism of Christ.