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AraburlesqueJason Brauer
00:00 / 09:02


Violin, clarinet, & piano
8 minutes 30 seconds



Year of composition

"Araburlesque" is the first piece of my college career. Channeling the turn-of-the-century folk modernism of Stravinsky and Bartók, it uses a grotesque circus feel to critique the detrimental effects of always putting on a show in our social media culture. In the middle section, the pressure of constant performance proves to be too much, collapsing to a single tortured violin line followed by a blues section. Finally, the piece breaks into an exasperated, crazed dance, as if surrendering to the virtual world.

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