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les ondes pour quatre

When It Rains, Llueve

les ondes pour quatre

"les ondes pour quatre was written in the spring of 1988 for the Arditti Quartet at the request of Irvine Arditti. The structure of this composition is concerned with cells -- their placement, displacement, and replacement within a linear context. The work is characterized by chromatic saturation and the mixture of layers and/or sections utilizing notation with approximate durational values against fully notated sections with exact durational values. The pulling motion between the currents and undercurrents caused by the mixture of these rhythmic patterns produce the 'waves' -- thus, the title."

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When It Rains, Llueve

"When it rains in Puerto Rico, it really rains! The musical language of this piece is inspired by the Latin rhythms and folk melodies I hear while listening to the radio during my frequent automobile trips around the island, and how those musical fragments return throughout the day."

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