performed by a quartet of University of Wisconsin-Madison students:
composer's note: I wrote "Time and Time Again" near the beginning of my Master's Degree studies. My composition teacher at the time wanted me to try writing in numerous styles, exploring many different compositional techniques, and so I came up with the idea for this string quartet in which each movement acts as a kind of homage to a different period of music history. The first movement employs canonic / fugal writing that recalls the Baroque; the second movement is entirely based around the separation of melody & accompaniment as in the Classical era; the third movement is my homage to Ravel's fantastic pizzicato writing in his rather Romantic string quartet; and the fourth "modern" movement started with a graphic score in which I drew shapes on paper, then later translated them into exact notation. These connections are a bit tenuous at times, because as a student, I was also just SO VERY EXCITED to write these complex string quartet pieces and have them performed so professionally... I began with those "homage to music history" ideas, but quickly veered into "sounds I'm excited to hear."