Fifteen Minutes is a set of sixteen miniatures for solo violin.  The twelfth miniature is called Dissonance.  It enlists an assistant to play in unison with the violin on kazoo.

Dissonances, traditionally speaking, are intervals that produce conflicting overtones.  In this piece, since the instruments are in unison until the very end, the dissonance is not intervallic, but rather timbral and cognitive.

Danielle Belén performed Fifteen Minutes in recital last Saturday, and her husband, Ryan Vaughn, made his kazoo debut.  He’s posted a video of his splendid performance here:


Couldn’t be more delighted than to see a loving relationship expressed through a mild dose of Dissonance.

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