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 ever-shifting quasi-tonal centers, and lack of 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.  I’m sure Robert called me many bad names while practicing.  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