Instrumentation: string quartet
In composing As One, the ambiguity between the roles of collaboration and individual expression fascinated me. The four voices act together to produce a single, continuous sound. The players do so either by contributing unique statements that blend into the whole or by joining together in a common pattern or technique. With the former, players are prone to "break out" of the blended collective to make a bold soloistic statement apart from the other three instruments.