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Ciompi Quartet, Duke University Department of Music: Portfolio Project: Premieres by Duke Graduate Composers

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In the summer of 2020, the Ciompi Quartet commissioned a unique project from four composers in Duke Music’s graduate program. The parameters of the commission were unorthodox: to find a solution to the compositional and performing challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic by creating short works that could be practiced and recorded remotely by each member of the quartet.

Although the members were ultimately able to record together in Baldwin Auditorium in November/December 2020, the pieces submitted by James Budinich, Ryan Harrison, James Chu, and Maximiliano Amici demonstrate creative solutions to the challenge of creating works for musicians who are not present in the same space.

James Budinich: Rotation Study

Ryan Harrison: Disconnected

James Chu: Mk

Maximiliano Amici: Mirage



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