Points of Arrival Chin-Chin Chen

If ‘Points of Departure’ (1996 for vibraphone and tape) is for new life raptures, ‘Points of Arrival’ is for mature life meditations.

Points of Arrival (1998) for violin and tape explores the relationships between a solo live performer and a ‘musique concret’ sonic environment, created through MIDI. The opening section for tape alone creates a ferocious but harmless environment, shortly to be contrasted by a lyrical exploration by the soloist, supported by the tape.

The subsequent return of the violin exhibits the virtuoso aspect of the instrument, this time in interaction with the tape. The last section finds the lyrical material recapitulated, in new dramatic garb.

  • Year of composition: 1998
  • Duration of the submitted work: 8:34
  • Production: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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