Mark Applebaum
Composer / Performer / Educator

Speed Dating (2014)

Aphasia score sample

Octet of flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, & contrabass. Commissioned by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.

Speed Date (2014)

Aphasia score sample

Duo for violin and cello. An autonomous piece extracted from Speed Dating.

Speed Dating is an octet for flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and contrabass. The piece is made up exclusively of duos—instrumental couples who pair off and re-pair in a frenzied, polyamorous orgy of spasmodic rhythms, questionable “key” parties, and vocal chirrups in response to notations appearing on individual players’ custom wristwatches. Listeners can safely enjoy this hygienic mating spectacle: the love is only aural.

The work was commissioned by the SUNY Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (and premiered first on campus and then at Roulette in Brooklyn) with thanks to conductor Eduardo Leandro for his friendship and musicianship over many decades.

Extracted from the full ensemble work, Speed Date, the violin and cello duo appearing during the middle of the octet (for a preposterously prolonged period), will be premiered during the summer of 2015 in Italy.

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Download octet score (PDF- 4MB)
Download duo score (PDF- 1MB)

A recording of the octet (not yet mixed and mastered for final release) appears on the Supplemental Portfolio CD.