I recently had the privilege of having this piece premiered at Texas Tech by cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes. I began writing the work back in 2001, as Lastrapes, a member of the Lindsayan String Quartet, had recently performed my "Vignettes for String Quartet", and suggested the possibility of my writing a recital piece around 7-10 minutes in length.
I immediately began working on it, but after a computer glitch in the Finale file rendered a portion of the work inaccessible, together with Jeffrey moving to NYC and my usual busy schedule, I shelved the project.
Several years later, when I heard that Jeffrey had moved back to Lubbock, I thought I would try one more time to open the file, now with a later version of Finale, and to my amazement, the file was retrievable, so I finished the work within a few weeks in 2005.
After 10 years from its origin the work was premiered. Not only was I elated to hear it played, but also was glad to put a 'check-mark' next to a completed project.
I love Jeffrey's playing, which I endeavored to highlight in the compositional process. He's a great musician and a great friend.
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