Three Aphorisms

Written for a recording project sponsored by the National University of Colombia.

Clarinet, Cello, and Perc.

Alternate Version – Flute, Violin, Cello, and Perc.

The word aphorism sounds elegant, yet artsy – as many other rare words with greek roots) – yes, but there’s more in it that just that. First time I heard it was more than then years ago when reading a biography of Dmitri Shostakovich. It comes from the title of  a group of pieces for piano he wrote in 1927. I liked the idea of writing short pieces, each one with a specific character and intention. Well, I wrote three movements but, they are not as short as I wanted – and I am ok with that, music has this self-control that sometimes we don’t get to anticipate. It is a piece easy to put together, yet challenging for each individual.

These recording was made possible thanks to funding from the National University of Colombia for a new cd that features, students and alumni. It will be released during the second half of 2016.

Percussion-Daniel Arango / Cello-Daniel Sebastián Castrillón/  Clarinet-Tania Betancourt