Scored for: viola and piano
Duration: 11 min.
World Premiere: 5/23/2012, Barbara Westphal and Christian Ruvolo, St. Petri Church, Lübeck, Germany
US Premiere: 6/20/2014, Michael Hall and Robert Pherigo, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Recording: Convergences: Johannes Brahms & Andrea Clearfield, Bridge Records 9442
Commissioned by: Barbara Westphal
Published by: Self-published, Angelfire Press
Recorded by Barbara Westphal and Christian Ruvolo, Bridge Records.
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See preview score pages: CONVERGENCE excerpt (PDF)
Convergence was commissioned by and dedicated to Barbara Westphal, my esteemed colleague and acclaimed violist. We spent many summers together at the Sarasota Music Festival. The work is built on the intervallic, melodic and harmonic materials heard in the opening two measures. These elements return in variation throughout the work; aggressive, lyrical, energetic and evocative. The viola and piano are equal partners, engaging in dialogue with these musical materials. Through the process of their dynamic exchange, their expressions converge and transform into a new synthesis. Convergence was released on Bridge Records in February, 2015, Barbara Westphal, viola, Christian Ruvolo, piano.