limits (2018)

9’; vla, pno.

Convergence, divergence. These provide the framework by which mathematical limits can be described. At its core, this piece is about the psychoacoustic phenomena resulting from a duet between viola and ebow, by which the viola converges to/diverges from the ebow as x approaches infinity. On a personal note, this piece is about the limits that I have placed on myself with the way I compose and the pressure that I feel to break these constraints.

Kevin Kay · limits

Written for Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, 2018.
Premiere: July 30, 2018 by Kunbo Xu (viola) and Kyrian Friedenberg (piano) at the Château de Fontainebleau (France).

Festival Contrasti Call for Scores winner, 2019.