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 Luxuria

Duration: 9 minutes

2 violins, viola, violoncello, piano


Luxuria, in Latin, refers to one of the seven cardinal sins; lust. Though often related to sexual impulses and adultery, lust can also refer to a longing for money, power, and other physical desires. This piece aims to capture the internal conflict of luxuria and the struggle of overcoming such destructive impulses. Within the music, there is a duality present between the sharp rhythmic gestures that continue throughout, and the darker piano ostinato that returns longer and longer each time with slight variation. The string quartet and piano are also placed in a binary scenario where they alternate between unity and disjointedness. The relationship between the two evolves and devolves, unison passages to highly syncopated moments. In the end, it is up to the listener to determine which force ultimately proves to be victorious.