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Violent Tender (2017)

for percussion quartet

performed by the University of Washington Percussion Ensemble

November 2018

commissioned and premiered at soundSCAPE, Maccagno, Italy, 2017

when political violence parades around like adult civility,

when aggression is normalized,

            how achingly empty is the sound of something pure?

in a rare moment of beauty, innocence, joy, must its purity be obscured by the echoes of violence?

 

OR

 

can tenderness do violence to violence?