Trio for Flute, Harp & Viola
Arafura Haze ~18:30
Genesis, unconscious associations: I was fortunate in the 1990's to travel to the Northern Territory, touring with Elektra String Quartet or working with the Arafura Music Collective. During those travels, I spent many a time wandering along the coast; looking at, and breathing the Arafura Sea or the scrubby edge of the desert behind.
.....and then there was the light; the mornings, dusk, the changing colours and moods, and the hints of other worlds beyond the horizon - a very different Australia than I was familiar with.
Musically, I made reference to Papuan New Guinean funerary music, performed by a group of individual mourners, each on individual bamboo, single note pipes. Sad to say, I can't be any more specific than that in acknowledging their culture, or the source; I can't remember where or when I saw them; apologies to the beings of that cultural world........ RC, 12th July 2020
Original sketches: Arafura Haze, 26th April, 1998 (?)
Reworked/developed: 8th - 29th Feb, 2020 Byron Bay
Trio for Flute, Guitar & Cello
Into the Depths... ~15:00
(Pardon the crappy synth recording
Some of the ideas for this work initially came from my Sonata for Solo Guitar. I was intending to simply arrange a section for trio, for some friends looking for repertoire. Needless to say, I wrote it for Carla in the end....(who could ask for anything, or anyone, more...!)
However, as so often happens, ideas take on a life of their own; demanding new structures, new responses to the unbidden questions and stirrings of my deeper psyche, let alone the growing sense of despair which has come to characterise this late stage of my life. (Lord, let it not be for the remainder of my natural term of life).
As such, and needless to say, this work came into being almost organically; which is not surprising, being an organic kind of guy.
Composed: -17th March - 27th May 2021