Oil and Water is a trio for trombone, euphonium, and vibraphone that explores the relationship between such similar-but-different instruments. The piece weaves together different - and increasingly differing - lines as the instruments push and pull to find common ground. The melodic and harmonic relationships grow more and more strained as the piece progresses, ultimately ending with the instruments unable to agree on anything other than a central pitch.
Appropriate for talented and independent players. Individual lines are relatively easy, but a confident player is required to stand firm against the contrasting lines in the other parts. The vibraphone part uses some improvisation.