Dedicated to my spouse, Robert Lynn, Proxemics for unaccompanied cello was constructed using slightly modified 12-tone matrices.  It was an assignment during my masters degree work: Warren Gooch’s valiant effort toward getting me to embrace dissonance.  I hated the assignment, but understood that it was exactly what I needed at the time.  Ironically, it is now one of my favorite compositions.  The lack of a real tonal center, and also having no meter makes this a tremendously difficult piece, so it is not likely to be performed often.  In addition, it is basically a study in double-stops — especially the 2nd movement.  Robert really worked hard to prepare the piece for this recording.  I’m sure he called me many bad names during his practice sessions.  Fortunately, our marriage has survived the ordeal.

Shoeless Joe Cello — Robert Lynn recording “Proxemics”

Proxemics (for unaccompanied cello)

I. Vigorously

II. Deliberately

III. Moving Forward

Robert Lynn, cello

Haley Neilson, recording engineer (Summer 2017)

Recorded at Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana