Water Partitas

for violin, viola, cello, and/or bass

“Au Yong’s music was entirely new to me and I loved it immediately.”
~Rebecca Fischer, violinist

In Development
Water Partitas cycle through various states. String players start anywhere, go anywhere and repeat freely. Each page is part of this water cycle.

The score can be arranged throughout a venue on any size paper. Amplification and looping pedals can be used to enhance the sound. Performing without electronics inside an empty cistern, cathedral or other cavernous space also works.

Water Partitas 1-9 are complete and ready to perform. Contact to commission all or part of Water Partitas 10-18. Someday all the parts will sound together as string players from many backgrounds find common ground.

Water Partita score by composer Byron Au Yong
2017–2018 The Afield Residency at Aster Montessori School · Cambridge MA

January 2017 The Afield at National Sawdust · Brooklyn NY

August 2016 Time Pieces at Bay Chamber Concerts · Union Hall, Rockport ME

August 2016 Tari Nelson-Zagar, John Teske, Alina To at INCA Institute ·Seattle WA

July–August 2016 Matthew Offenbacher Exhibition at INCA Institute · Seattle WA

Anthony Hawley prompted Water Partitas by commissioning a solo for his wife, violinist Rebecca Fischer, to play. We talked about travel, devotion and water. I sketched quiet sounds.

Information scientist and violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar also prompted these partitas. She spoke about playing Bach Partitas on the streets of downtown Seattle. She wanted a contemporary pairing and commissioned a solo.

While composing the two requests in tandem, musical ideas flowed together. Thinking of water in three basic states: liquid, solid and vapor, I found 54 ways water appears and disappears. These form musical gestures which inform each page/part.

Duration: variable

Water Partitas contain parts to be played in any order. Three are dedicated for Becca at 40 from Anthony. Another three are dedicated to Tari. Three are dedicated to Alina To, John Teske and Matthew Offenbacher on the occasion of his exhibition at the Institute for New Connotative Action.

Contact to commission all or part of Water Partitas 10-18.

Water Partita score by composer Byron Au Yong
Water Partita score by composer Byron Au Yong