String Octet scored for three violins, two violas, two cellos, and bass. For advanced to professional ensembles, Genesis is a highly structured and virtuosic piece, requiring exact tempi, relentless energy and deep intellectual and emotional synergy.
The numerical proportion known as the Golden Mean has been known throughout
history as a standard of aesthetic beauty, in fields from architecture to music.
Genesis, written in Moscow in 2004, is an experiment to see if a totally abstract piece can appeal to its audience aesthetically by employing this ratio in every aspect of its form and content.
For this piece I strucutred the form, in fractal segments, the melodic pitch material, and all the harmonic strucutres and rhythms on the Golden Mean.
Pages 17-20 of the score to Genesis
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