The Spark of Opposites (2009)

for cello and electroacoustic music

10 min

"Life is born only of the spark of opposites."
-Carl Jung

Psychologist Carl Jung believed individuals to be a living system of opposites. Conscious and unconscious, good and evil, rational and irrational. The tension created by the presence of opposites and the process of acknowledging both, he argued, was necessary to create any sort of forward momentum and resolution that would ultimately lead to personal growth and individuation. The Spark of Opposites is an exploration and embodiment of this process. It was commissioned by and is dedicated to my great friend and very talented composer/performer Heather Stebbins.

Performances

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January 20, 2011

Madeleine Shapiro, cello

SEAMUS Conference and Music Festival

Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall

Coral Gables, FL

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September 22, 2010

Madeleine Shapiro, cello

12 Nights of Computer Music and Art

Harold Golen Gallery

Miami, FL

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March 25, 2010

Madeleine Shapiro, cello

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

Elebash Hall

New York City, NY

February 13, 2010

Jennifer Psujek, cello

Ball State University New Music Festival

Sursa Performance Hall

Muncie, IN

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December 6, 2009

Heather Stebbins, cello

Student Composers' Forum

Bryan Recital Hall

Bowling Green, OH

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November 6, 2009

Heather Stebbins, cello

Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival

Camp Concert Hall

Richmond, VA

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March 1, 2009

Heather Stebbins, cello

Heather Stebbins' Senior Recital

Camp Concert Hall

Richmond, VA