Both David and Jack thought I should make my last piece (Sanctum at Anderson Lake) into a suite. After thinking about it, I thought that was a great idea!
So now I’ve written a slow movement for the suite. Besides being slow, 90 percent of it never rises above mp in dynamics which is unusual for me, as you might know. But this leads into the last movement so I wanted the contrast.
David’s piano improvs , “Three Solitudes”, were my inspiration for this piece. They were so enticing, I wanted to write something like it for my suite, but in my own style…of course; but the dedication shows where the true inspiration came from.
It’s best to listen to this piece with the lights low (or off) and to visualize a beautiful twilight in the making.
Of course there is a story to this……(oh no, not another story!!)…During one incredible sunset while I was at Anderson Lake, I chose to lie down on an old (emphasis on old) canvas hammock by the lake to watch as the sky did its kaleidoscope colour change into blackness.
In the middle of this idyllic twilight experience, the canvas started to rip. I was careful not to move an iota so I could enjoy the rest of the sunset, but to no avail. The canvas continued to rip and then….clunk I hit the ground and because I was on a hill side, I started to roll uncontrollably towards the lake. (rips represented in this piece by the dissonant chords). Fortunately, I halted my descent by grabbing the life saving roots and branches in my path. Lying still for a moment, to get my bearings I decided I was determined not to be robbed of this visually stunning sunset. So I made my mind up, despite lying on the hard uneven ground, that I was going to relish every moment of this sunset one way or another. After my adrenaline abated, I did actually enjoyed it, all the way until darkness ensued.
Cass (PS, included the link to the piece "Sanctum at Anderson Lake" which is the movement that follows this one, in case you didn't get to hear it.)
The Hammock (Music)
The Hammock (Score)
Sanctum at Anderson Lake (music)