Occam's razor was commissioned by cellist Holly Reeves of the Anacapa Quartet. From the very first note several expectations about what a concerto "should be" are questioned, though not necessarily totally rejected throughout the piece. The unique sound of the orchestra (no violas or cellos, four contrabasses) is further emphasized by the physical arrangement: three flutes placed center stage, and the remainder of the orchestra divided into two equal ensembles seated on either side of the stage, framing the soloist.

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