Disbelief & Suspensions | Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano | 14'
The title of Disbelief & Suspensions (2008) comes from the concept of “suspension of disbelief”—that is, the willingness to suspend judgment/skepticism while experiencing a work of art in order to temporarily experience that art as reality. After the first movement, called “Disbelief,” each of the four subsequent movements gradually transform the frantic, furiously cynical atmosphere of the first movement into the calmer, peaceful acceptance of the final movement (“Suspension 4”), in which all four instruments are heard together for the first time.
Disbelief & Suspensions placed first in the Walsum Award composition contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. The piece was premiered by members of the Left Bank Concert Society: Loren Kitt, David Salness, Evelyn Elsing, and Santiago Rodriguez.