Next door to Purple Employs the somewhat under-utilized chamber ensemble of horn and string quartet in the setting of personal interactions. The piece has a 3-part structure that develops a dialogue which starts out well (”Pleasantries”), devolves (”Quarrel”), and resolves to a stable, but possibly unsatisfying conclusion (”Status Quo”).
Multiple time signature changes, mostly between 5/8 and 7/8. The horn is part of the ensemble, although it 'plays forward' as a solo instrument for much of the piece.
Running time, approximately 9 minutes.