Glenn Stallcop Composer, Performer
Suite from “Bridge to Nowhere” (2018)
For solo piano
4 Mvts. – 25 mins
Suite from “Bridge to Nowhere” is available here from American Composers Alliance.
Program Notes with Score Video
This suite is a transcription and adaptation of four tracks from the album, Bridge to Nowhere, which I released in 2017.
I am using “Bridge to Nowhere” as a metaphor for spiritual awakening. The experience is described in the literature of several religions and is characterized by replacing one’s image of oneself (ego) with an acceptance of one’s experience as oneself. It is a realization that we are not separate from the world. It is us, and we are it.
But the experience changes nothing except one’s attitude. Everything is the same. As the Buddhist Ch’ing-yüan puts it:
I can’t say to have ever had this experience myself, but I have always been fascinated by what I have read about it. It is always described as a loss of self, or rather the loss of one’s image of oneself. It is sort of an intellectual and emotional suicide in order to accept the world as it is (or the world as God. depending on your viewpoint). It seems very risky.
My link to understanding is through music. It is beautiful, socially engaging, and its mysterious depths seem bottomless. This suite explores some of those mysteries.
Call of the Crossing, explores the strange allure of spiritual practice.
Fear of Heights is about the trepidation that accompanies a spiritual commitment.
You Can See Forever is an encounter with emptiness.
Beautiful Water is a reassessment of and reemergence in the world.