The Spell for piano and vibraphone was commissioned by Diane and Nick Petrella in 2008.  

It is the first of Spells, a cycle that consists of chamber pieces with different instrumentation based on minimal melodic, rhythmic and harmonic patterns. 

In this first Spell I treat two instrumental lines as two characters who are being transformed through their relationship.  Through mutual interaction they provoke, challenge, and disturb each other, they change roles, occasionally overcome crisis, they rejoice in a loud, buoyant togetherness, like magnets they uncontrollably fuse then exploding to nothingness, they exhaust and depend on each other.  Tired and changed, they end up in a tender, yet cranky embrace, aware of each other’s fragility and delicate powers that bind them together.



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