Loneliness in a beautiful place
thin places no. 4
string quartet version - 2016, ca 9-10 minutes
Composed for the Wyoming Festival - New Music in the Mountains. Premiered by musicians from The Grand Teton Festival Orchestra (Holly Mulcahy - violin, Mary Corbett - violin, Anna Kruger - viola, Amy Leung - cello). Premier performances in Grand Teton National Park.
Recorded by the Argus Quartet.
instrumtation - string quartet
2vln, vla, vcl
click below to see score
Beautiful places and spaces are inherently mysterious. It is this sense of mystery that imbues these places with a deep calm, especially when alone. The music in Loneliness in a Beautiful Place creates a landscape of questions with voices that hold their notes (especially trills) for a very long time, before discovering some sort of melodic answer. A chorale hints at something deeper. Near the end the music embraces the landscape, literally scaling up a mountain of notes, before returning to meditation. It is my intention here not to depict the landscape in music, but rather the sense of exploring it.