for flute, viola, harp

Crossing is a piece that explores the musical elements of vocal and gestural communication, inspired by the melodic shapes often found in Balkan folk music. The first movement uses fluctuating and overlapping patterns in its melody resembling speech in a 4/4 meter. The second movement includes asymmetrical fragmented phrases at a fast tempo with leaps, resembling laughter, in an 11 beat cycle. The third movement uses repeated patterns of shifting meters (5/16, 7/16, 6/16, 8/16) to create a folk melody that is intuitive, as if being sung and improvised.