Lean Back and Release
By Molly Joyce
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.