violin, viola, and cello | 6 mins.
For all its jittery surface rhythm, this is a tonal piece, centered on C major. The big sections of the piece relate to one another in a quite traditional manner, lending a structural hand in a teetering rhythmic balance. A melody skims above the surface – a pelican hunting, gliding just above crashing ocean waves. An insistent ostinato pervades every measure, spinning and buoyant.