Compositions by Bill Alves

Information about Dream and Toccata for cello and electronics

Duration: c. 12:00

Dream and Toccata was written to exploit different sound worlds possible within the cello by extending it with electronics. The work begins with a sort of alap, the unmeasured introduction to Indian classical works, here to the accompaniment of very high natural harmonics repeated by the digital delay as a background scrim. Similar devices are used throughout in the piece with much different effects, such as accompaniment to the electric-guitar-like ending. The piece was written for my wife, cellist Lynn Burrows, who premiered it in 1992.

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Updated on September 18, 1995, by Bill Alves (