I know this piece will be difficult for many of you, but I've been taking a class with A teacher who studied with Elliot Carter. We have been working on "freeing up the notes" trying to make barlines disappear and give the piece more 'elasticity'. He is very pleased with this piece I have written as am I. Yes, it's academic, but in its own right, it has a haunting and lonely quality to it. Structure is free as is tonality. There are no bounds or forced restrictions. Parts are alleatoric (freely played by the performer) and parts are notated. It was really fun trying to get Finale to do the alleatoric sections ().
Anyways, have a listen to
String Quartet No.1 Opus 1: Movement I
No, I am not a mental patient, I am a musician (hmm, I guess I am a mental patient!