Violin and cello
I wrote this piece based on the first movement of a Ravel sonata. It is written primarily in the mode Locrian, which resembles a natural minor scale with a lowered second and a lowered fifth. It is commonly referred to as the darkest mode, which you may notice by the dissonance in this piece. Some staples of this piece are syncopation, rhythmic motifs, repeated melodic shapes, and, of course, dissonance. I called it Locrian Rain Dance, because the duet between the violin and cello remind me of fleet-footed routines. As you listen to the piece, try to feel the sense of yearning that underlies the piece. Let it remind you of a longing for rain.
Ellen Raquet, violin
Kurtis DePree, cello
© 2015 Michael Carbaugh. All Rights Reserved
Cedarville, music, composition
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Carbaugh, Michael, "Locrian Rain Dance" (2015). Student Composition Recitals. 96.