for violin & tape (2022, 6 min.)
Albert Steinberger – violin
The world of classical music is a lot like a video game. When first learning music, you start at level one. As the music becomes more and more challenging, you eventually level up. Winning a competition or an audition is akin to conquering a final level boss. In the virtual world of video games, losing often means losing a life. The stakes of performance are different, but the feeling of loss can be equally disappointing. Such disappointments, however, serve as motivation for further improvement. In pairing violin virtuosity with video game violence, Videogame Vespers examines the ambition we have as artists, demands of performance, the pain of failure, and the fleeting pleasure of achievement.