Vision Quest (2002)
for Double Bass and Piano
2.  Night Of Despair




VISION QUEST was written during the summer of 2002 as a work for myself to play, as I had not written a work for bass in many years.

Many of my works are taken from an improvisation to a greater or lesser degree.  This work is developed from a keyboard improvisation, however, it bears little resemblance to the original as the transformation has been extensive.  The original improvisation served as more of a springboard for the inspiration and the development of the piece.

The term "vision quest" is usually associated with Shamanism, and refers to a period of solitary fasting and chanting in the wilderness in search of a spiritually defining vision.  The work, however, is not particularly sectarian or partial to any particular religious tradition.  The work is meant to represent an ecstatic religious experience in a more abstract sense.  Neither is the music particularly Native American in character, though the ending "vision" section does bear a passing resemblance to the music associated with traditional Peyote ceremonies.







Glenn Stallcop      13842 South 36th Place    Phoenix, AZ   85044   602-621-0630