Third Stream Variations (2016)
*Premiered by the North Coast Winds
duration: 10 minutes 30 seconds
Third Stream, a term coined by Gunther Schuller, refers to the fusion of jazz and classical styles in music. Third Stream Variations takes a traditionally constructed melody and weaves it through a variety of styles, some blue and some not. Through all these changes, a brazen rhythmic constant, defying meter and style, unites the work from start to finish. Though the jazz elements rarely influence more than harmony, this piece marks a moment when the composer began incorporating his love for swing into deeper levels of his writing.
The following excerpt is recorded by players from Case Western Reserve University.