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Uranium-235

Work Type: Chamber, Classical

Instrumentation: Double bass quartet

Duration: 17-19 minutes.

Uranium-235 betrays my fascination with low clusters, pulse, and music for quartets. Clearly minimalist in origin, but with a hard edge influenced by rock music, it is built mainly out of minor seconds and fourths, and is an attempt to expand on an earlier piece of mine, Arrhythmia. The piece begins slowly, and gradually begins to turn up the intensity in terms of both speed and activity until it reaches an unexpected climax, followed by a condensed re-enactment of what came before.

Uranium-235 is also the isotope of uranium used to make nuclear devies.