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Lean Back and Release

By Molly Joyce

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Commissioned by violinist Adrianna Mateo, Lean Back and Release was written in the winter of 2013 in New York City, and recently performed on the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon. Upon starting the work, I knew that I wanted to create a very gradual descent for the violin in range that drives the whole piece. Therefore, I also wrote two accompanying violin tracks in order to propel this descent. The two accompanying tracks were previously recorded by the violinist and subsequently processed electronically with delays and distortion.