Soft Aberration no.2

viola and piano (2015)

Soft Aberration no. 2 is a piece about imitation, but rather than sharing identical musical material I imagined each instrument as a damaged reflective surface which projects a kind of “broken echo” between the two instruments. In some sense the piano wants to “see itself” in the viola’s music and the viola wants the same from the piano. The two struggle with this throughout the piece and at various times they find a way to “see” each other.

Soft Aberration no. 2 is the title track of the album, Soft Aberration, released on New Focus Recordings. The work is recorded under the title, Soft Aberration.

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s liner note can be found here.

World Premiere

March 12, 2015
New York University
New York City

Anne Lanzilotti, viola
Karl Larson, piano