for Solo Double Bass
The title “Vital Signs” refers to the twisted, jagged melodic gestures that cascade downward and rise again like the EKG of a patient struggling for survival. The strong rhythmic drive and constant tempo fluctuations suggest a pulse and the subtle expansions and contractions of breathing – the very music of life. The piece cries out, screams, questions, reflects, considers – looking back on the past, submerged in a struggle for the future. It is constantly shifting: alternately struggling, calm, violent, peaceful, angry, mournful, passionate, placid, bitter, and full of love but, like life itself – never static. Vital Signs is published by Liben Music Publishers.