Symbiosis, for clarinet doubling bass clarinet,
bassoon, horn, violin, viola, and cello, was composed during the spring of 2009
for the Empyrean Ensemble. It was a pleasure writing it with the sound of
Empyrean's wonderful players firmly in mind.
defines symbiosis as "the close union of two dissimilar organisms."
These organisms, in this case musical ideas, morph at varying rates of speed,
and form new alliances. So alliances arise,
flourish for a while, and shift.