for clarinet in A, violin, cello, and piano with EBows and magnetic tape
Turpentine represents an analogy between music and the act of priming a canvas for painting. The music begins and propagates from within the piano, gradually being colored by the other three instruments. After the gesso is applied to the musical canvas and the underpainting is fully applied within the piece, gradual layers of color are added. These swatches of texture vary in style from small fleeting moments to larger splashes of color. Musical ideas and shapes weave into each other, slightly differing with every recurrence, forming the vibrant tones of paint that play off of each other. Nearing the end of the piece, the music slowly recedes back within the piano, and slowly dissipates from the ear.
scheduled premiere April 2020