Nicolas Chuaqui

Break Free (2015)

Instrumentation: violin duo with fixed electronics   View score

Duration: 14'

Break Free has two poles: a fantasia that easily goes off into uncharted territory, and a cadence that stays closer to home. The performers struggle to balance the piece's capricious nature with its fixed structure, a mirror-form. This is the question the voice in the electronics asks (text below): is identity only what we are told we are, or do our dreams and desires ultimately define us?

Break free / Go backwards again / Be more the self I want to see / Be still / Still be / The self I want to see / Be more backwards again / Break free

Past performances:

- November 3, 2015: Isaac Allen and Hua Zhang, violin duo. Masters Recital - Nicolas Chuaqui. Auer Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

- May 8, 2015: String Noise, violin duo. "Festival of Contemporary American Music." Faulkner Recital Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

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