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In the Future?, Samuel Gray quotes the last movement of his piano quintet, Relativity. Samuel has chosen a stripped-back, melancholy melodic language with comprehensive use of double and triple stopping inspired by the traditional folk music of Norway, where he lived and studied for eight years.
The provocative question mark is a reminder that the future can be both bright and/or darkly threatening – depending on whether we focus on the benefits of technological progress such as in medicine, or on catastrophes induced by humankind such as wars, famines and global environmental damage.
Commissioned by the Arts Division of the State of Upper Austria (Kulturdirektion des Landes Oberösterreich) in January 2014.
Suitable for young people and adults of skill level of approx. Grade 6 upward. Violin and cello must be comfortably able to play prolonged passages of double stops.
Dedicated to Hans Christian Holmsen.
28 Jan 2014: Performed by Dalina Ugarte (violin), Loukia Loulaki (cello), and Alfredo Ovalles (electric piano) at the Veranstaltungssaal der Landeskulturdirektion, in Linz, Austria.