On the Other Hand

Instrumentation: solo violin

Length: 5'

Description: On the Other Hand is a piece for solo violin about the process of formulating an argument. Our ideas often start small, continuing to grow in confidence and depth, until they are inevitably interrupted by competing counterarguments. Moreover, ideas and arguments rarely develop linearly; rather, there are natural contours, repetitive seeds, and abrupt sparks that interject the thought process. We constantly work to filter, blend, and refine these thoughts as we subconsciously choose the important matter we wish to communicate. On the Other Hand was funded by my patrons on Patreon and premiered by violinist Adrianna Mateo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in February 2016. It has since been performed by several violinists, including Lorenz Gamma and Madeline Falcone.