Written for Semble N
The Four Caprices are meant to be concise pieces of contrasting affects, allowing the clarinet to be colored by a wide range of percussion.
Much of In Your Absence is in a passionless, meccanico style, asserted with constricted gestures and repeating patterns.
For most of the piece, the strings play a series of ostinati, unsynchronized with the pulse of the rest of the ensemble. The other instruments take turns playing duets accompanied by the strings.