The Conchoid of Nicomedes

flute, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, piano (2006, revised 2015)

Viente, the all-woodwind component of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, commissioned this fine quartet which begins life in the whole-tone scale universe.
“Dark, brooding and introspective lyrical lines intertwine, then accelerate into a driving jazzy rhythm, interspersed with exotic lyricism.” (From a review of the recording on The Third Highway.) An even more elegant performance is available on that recording.