After the kingfisher's wing : for flute/alto flute, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello
by Erik Griswold (2010)
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I've often come back to the poetry of T.S. Eliot over the years, especially his mystical ruminations on time in The Four Quartets, pondering evocative phrases such as "the music from a farther room," or "you are the music while the music lasts."
Without drawing conscious connections, I sometimes recognize phenomena in his poetry that I strive to create in my own works. When I was composing, lines or images from the poetry sometimes popped into my head, which inspired me to explore a variety of moods, depths, and time relationships among the performers. In some sections, such as parts 1 & 3, the performers play independently of each other, following their own fluctuating tempos and dynamic swells. In others, such as part 4 and 5, they perform with very precisely interlocking rhythms. The piece ends and begins with the same movement, mirroring Eliot's line from "East Coker": "In my beginning is my end." Erik Griswold 2010
— Erik Griswold
Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello.
Duration: 24 min.
Written for: Clocked Out
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
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