In the early 1980's, I wrote
one concert of original chamber music per year for four years.
ECHOES FROM AN URBAN GLADE for violin, and double bass was written for Chamber Concert No.
which took place on October 14, 1981. The concert featured Nancy
Livingston and Lenore Lehr, violins, while I played piano and bass. The other works on the program were
Sonata - Images from "The Far Field" (Roethke) (1981) for
violin and piano, and Mobiles (1981) for two violins and double
bass. Stylistically, the music in this concert is as close to
freewheeling Minimalism as I ever got. The music is freely
organized in layers, but is much more lyrical and melodic and less
textural than the typical Minimalist inspired music of the period.
What interested me about Minimalism was the aligning the organizational
factors texturally to a structural grid. My interest was in doing
this WITHOUT strict rhythm.
ECHOES FROM AND URBAN GLADE
is a memoir of my life growing up in Seattle. At that time we were
on the outskirts of the city, and at the end of our street was a 5- to
10-acre farm. The farmer still plowed his field with a horse-drawn
plow, but seemed happy whenever we talked (though he was rather
mysterious to me and my friends.) He eventually sold the farm to a
developer who built about a dozen houses there. When they were
building the houses my friends and I went to investigate and found,
lying in the dirt, the bones of the horse he had buried which had been
exposed by the construction. The work is in three rather country
music inspired movements.