Midsummer Night (1982)
for Violin, Marimba, and Piano
1.  Jazz Dance





In the early 1980's, I wrote one concert of original chamber music per year for four years.  MIDSUMMER NIGHT for violin, marimba, and piano was written for Chamber Concert No. 2 which took place on May 18, 1982.  The concert featured Cindy Baker, playing violin and harp, William Wanser, percussion, while I played piano and bass.  The other works on the program were Invocation (1982) for piano and percussion, and Scenes and Soliloquies (1982) for double bass and harp.  Stylistically, the concert is transitional with Invocation looking backward to may first chamber music concert and the other two pieces pointing forward to the third.

One might think that the work was inspired by Shakespeare, and though I knew and enjoyed the play Midsummer Night's Dream, my inspiration to write this music came from Ursula LaGuin's fantasy trilogy Earthsea.  The description of dancing and singing all night on the Summer Solstice sounded like a lot of fun to me.  I wonder what happened to that holiday?  Anyway, I had a lot of fun writing this piece, and the three instruments made a delightful combination to work with.








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