This was really cool to hear! Non-traditional harmonies and atonal pieces are some of my favorite to hear canonically because it's so much more open to move themes around, and this was no exception. This flowed really well and the tension built in a lot of places were thought out and strategic. Great piece.
Hey, Luis. I knew of its operatic meaning; I chose the title based more on the literal meaning of "airy." I could see how the cello part may seem under-utilized, but I also feel a little can go a long way, and that the strong emotions the cello can effect do not require a large volume of time or notes. Of course, this is my interpretation, and I'm still new to writing for the cello. Thanks, as always, for the criticisms!
I knew about the slurs in the strings. I read somewhere that Brahms used to write double slurs in this case: one indicating the movement of the bow, other the legato.
About your work, Jared, I'm curious about the "arioso" in the title. This word was used in opera indicating a part between recitativo an aria. I guess this was a transition to the vanishing of the recitativo.
I feel this more as an aria, because, although it is slow, it is cantabile. It's beautiful, as every aria you write. It's true what Monarcheon said that the cello is under-utilized... Just treat it like a voice, you do this wonderfully... More than that, an instrument like the cello is able to do more difficult coloratura, leaps, and a wider tesitura.