I was more excited, though, by the idea of having both low voices—viola and cello—on the outside of the group. As a cellist, I played so many frankly boring bass-voice parts that I wanted to give the low voices a workout and bring them to be at least on par with the violins. Viola and cello take the lead throughout, including in beginning and ending the piece; I’ve often given them melodic material, either in a high or low register, that might ordinarily be reserved for the violins. The result is, I hope, a vaguely vengeful attempt to bring the classical quartet traditions that I became so familiar with to my own language. Lookout is dedicated to ETHEL, with excitement, is in two parts, and lasts about 11 minutes.
premiere fall 2016
written October 2015 – March 2016