Tachygenesis (2016) for saxophone quartet (9′)
Live performance 03/18/16 by PRISM Quartet
Tachygenesis has to do with matters that develop quickly, perhaps too quickly. In developmental biology, it has to do with the acquisition of a new trait occurring earlier and earlier in each subsequent generation of an evolving organism—and although there is something of that going on in this piece, more to the point is that the piece is dealing with the impulse to say everything that needs to be said, without saying it all too quickly.
Immense thanks are owed to PRISM for this impressive live performance (and for the entire ambitious residency at the University of Pennsylvania this year)!