Two Offerings (2023)
Instrumentation: solo violin
Duration: ca. 5'
First performed: May 10th, 2023 at the Juilliard School by Matthew Hakkarainen
I. "offered with the right hand"
II. "offered with the left hand"
The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote of offering his writings to the reader with the right hand (using his real name) or the left hand (using a pseudonym). These two miniatures represent both authorial distances—the first is lyrical, presenting its melody straightforwardly, while the second is more austere, at a remove from the listener.