Line Study (2004) by Alexander Hills
for clarinet, piano, and vibraphone

This piece was something of a departure for me. Much of my music has been concerned with the superimposition of many elements, both on top of each other as layers and in strings of very intricate objects. Here, instead, I wanted to explore a single thing — basically just a melodic line. The piece becomes a study in moving in and out of melodic and rhythmic unison, something which has often made up one layer of my work, but here instead heard on its own.

— A. H.    

[from program for March 2, 2009 concert]