Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Mo 2.26.18: TIC @ MEE
  • We 2.28.18: Conduit @ Boston
  • Sa 3.3.18: MG @ MFA
  • Mo 3.5.18: TIC @ MEE
  • Su 3.11.18: Middle Ground @ Lincoln, NE
  • Sa 3.24.18: Hymning @ VU
  • Mo 3.26.18: SH @ Cleveland
  • We 3.28.18: SH @ Elyria
  • Th 3.29.18: SH @ U.Michigan
  • Fr 4.6.18: Residency @ KU
  • Su 4.8.18: Patter @ UNCG
  • Th 4.12.18: Timor @ Shift
  • Th 4.12.18: 3ANM @ Portland
  • Fr 4.13.18: 3ANM @ Portland
  • Mo 4.23.18: SH @ NYC
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Percussion, Violin, and Cello – 7 minutes


John Corkill, Marjolaine Lambert and Neena Deb-Sen take a bow at LPR


A quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: the patter of rain on the rooftops. To move with light, softly audible steps: the patter of little feet around the house. A conversation heard faintly, through the door or the floor: the patter of sisters, friends or neighbors speaking quietly.

Originally a commission from my friend Leanne Zacharias, this piece was written for a tour of West Texas featuring Leanne, violinist Cristina Zacharias and percussionist Ed Reifel. In the winter of 2010 we all joined forces with Christine Fellows and John K. Samson to form the Correction Line Ensemble, presenting a series of concerts in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. For these shows I revised Patter, and finally I revised it once more for a show at LPR in April 2010.

Check out this video by New Morse Code with special guest Katie Hyun, shot by Four/Ten Media.

All three versions are available for performance. To purchase a score and parts set for the mixed trio version, visit here.

This following version, for marimba and piano, was performed by Michael Compitello and myself, respectively and recorded by Four/Ten Media. The marimba part remains the same in each version.

To purchase a score and parts set for the duo version, visit here.

Patter for marimba trio was also shot by Four/Ten Media and was performed by Michael Compitello, Maria Finkelmeier & Ian Rosenbaum.

To purchase a score and part set of the marimba trio version please visit the store here.

Premiered 5.19.09  Zed Trio, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX.