clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (about 7 minutes)
Temporal Disturbances (1999) deals with various juxtapositions of meter and tempo. The first of four sections contains alternating "snapshots" of various characters that are developed in subsequent sections. Although the changes in tempo and texture clearly set apart the different musical characters, they are nevertheless unified by musical strands, such as the sustained harmonics at the beginning, that traverse across the boundaries. A melody is introduced in the second section, presented by the clarinetist in duple meter over a triple-metered dirge-like chordal ostinato. In the third (or transitory) section, a canvas of arpeggios provides a backdrop for the violinist to embellish upon the melody, which is counterpointed by the cellist. The pianist adopts a simplified version of the melody in the final section, in which several simultaneous isorhythms, employing differing meters and tempos, predominate.
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