by Stephanie Corwin, April 8, 2020

I chose a piece from this recording because this chamber group is like family to me. In these times when we all must be extremely conscientious about keeping our distance from one another, I find myself reflecting on the musical connections that mean the most to me. I miss the intimacy of playing with dear friends, the creativity of making music together. For me, this movement reflects a simple beauty, created by interweaving lines that ebb and flow both independently and together. This music fills me with a sense of hope and comfort, both of which are welcome during this strange time.

Like so many other musicians, much, if not all, of my work in the coming months has been canceled due to COVID-19. For the health and safety of our communities, I think canceling concerts is absolutely imperative during this time. However, as someone whose income is almost entirely derived from performing, these cancelations can quickly take a toll. I am so grateful for EMA and their contributors who have stepped up to help musicians like myself through the Relief Fund. Thank you so much for the support and I look forward to the moment when our community can join together (in person!) to make music again.

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