(Violin and Harpsichord).
Total duration ca. 9 minutes (2001)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2001 by violinist Robin Lorentz.
One movement work. 14 pages, 8.5" x 11".


Premiered and recorded on November 2, 2003
in Santa Fe, New Mexico
by Robin Lorentz, violin
and Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord.

Recorded January 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA.
by Robin Lorentz, violin
and Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord.

Recorded in 2006 in Rome, Italy
by Antonio D'Andrea, violin
and Maria Clotilde Sieni, harpsichord.

Audio clip performed by Robin Lorentz, violin
and Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord.




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Listen to an audio clip of Slip
for violin and harpsichord


Listen to an audio clip of Slipping
for violin, harpsichord and percussion
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Score and part for Slip available
from Activist Music:
$30.00 print, or $14.00 digital.






Slip was commissioned by Robin Lorentz as a gift for her friend and partner in musical crimes, Kathleen McIntosh. Both women are intrepid and superb musicians who persist in the marvelous delusion that the 18th century's winning combo of harpsichord and violin deserves a repertoire from the 21st, as well. Far be it from me to argue such an inspired position, and so, knowing that my dear comrade Robin can make a violin sing beautifully in every style imaginable, I came up with the idea of giving Kathy everything and anything to play, with the one exception of the baroque styles to which she was so often tethered.

Since the violin is found in all corners of the globe, I decided to make the harpsichord a chameleon as well. I turned it into a host of different plectrum instruments, including dulcimer, koto, mandolin, rock n' roll keyboards, guitar and bouzouki. Throw in some Cuban montuno rhythms for a little variety, and suddenly it's a world tour for anyone with attention deficit disorder.

This bit of whimsy was written with the intent of giving Robin and Kathy something that would be unexpected at the close of their otherwise respectable concerts. Quite ironically, the first few lighthearted measures were written on September 10th, 2001. After the horrors in New York City the following day, Robin called me up and made it clear that given the circumstances, it would be absolutely fine with her if I felt instead like writing a very serious piece. Thinking about it for a moment, I replied that no, I wanted to continue in this upbeat direction, perhaps as a bizarre antidote for my grief. During the rest of that stunned month, there were times when the television glared silently in the corner of my studio with its constant images of devastation, as I irreconcilably wrote these giddy passages.

I'm a New Yorker. I grew up in Manhattan and watched the construction of the World Trade Towers when I was a little girl. As those edifices tumbled from hatred 29 years later, I thought of the people of all nationalities who perished that sunny morning. But New Yorkers are resilient, and composing this internationally-tinged piece may have been my way of declaring that to best honor those who have lost their lives, the rest of us should live ours to the fullest extent, for whatever time we're given. Just as these musical styles slip suddenly from one to another, life can slip from one reality to the next. As Ram Dass said, be here now...


La Discordantia CD
Slip is featured on the 2007 DC Records CD, La Discordantia, recorded by Antonio D'Andrea and Maria Clotilde Sieni. Click CD for more info.  
Notes from the Kelp

Slipping is featured on the 2007 Innova Recordings CD, Notes from the Kelp (innova 683). Click CD for more info.


Slip is a 2008
International Aliénor
Harpsichord Composition Competition
award winner.








Hear Alex discuss the making of the version of Slip that includes percussion, Slipping, in this ASCAP Audio Portrait interview (3:04):


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Enjoy this video of violinist Karen Bentley Pollick
and harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo
performing Slip,
in Palo Alto, CA, Spring 2012:



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Slip, page 1
Slip, page 7 D  
Slip, page 7


Also available as:


Slipping Slipping

(Violin, Harpsichord, Percussion).
Total duration ca. 9 minutes (2006)

Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Adapted from "Slip," commissioned in 2001 by violinist Robin Lorentz.
One movement work. 20 pages, 8.5" x 11".


Slippery Slippery

(Flute and Guitar).
Total duration ca. 9 minutes (2015)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2015 by Bas Duo: Elyse Knobloch and Peter Press.
One movement work. 19 pages, 8.5" x 11".




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