The word ‘catharsis’ is often used to describe a release of intense emotion that had previously been restrained, and is often associated with grief and tragedy. Catharsis was written during  the fall of 2014, a time of particularly painful national tragedy and social injustice in both the United States and Mexico. The work was written for the Mexican ensemble Cello Alterno.

Instrumentation: two cellos and piano

Duration: ca. 9 minutes

Year composed: 2014

Photo © Cello Alterno

Cello Alterno

Edgardo Espinosa, cello

Iracema de Andrade, cello

Edith Ruiz, piano

(live performance)

Excerpt I

Excerpt II

Excerpt III