Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano

Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano2020-01-14T03:12:00+00:00

Project Description

Clarinet in Bb and Piano
2009
27 min.

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Kip E. Franklin, Clarinet; Mina Son, Piano
live recording

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Movements

  1. Lamentation
  2. On Chestnut Hill*
  3. Elegy: August 6, 1945**
  4. Eternal Garden

* “On Chestnut Hill” was originally composed in 1989 for chorus, clarinet, and vibraphone as part of a set of six songs on poems by Richard Beale, under the title A Litany for Courage and the Seasons.

On Chestnut Hill I lean against the wind.
I walk among the grass and the Solomon’s Seal
And watch the yellow moon begin its rise.
I lie where the deer have lain, and ask the skies
Impossible questions: is this phantom real
Who made both night and day?
Is it wise to wish the night away?

** August 6, 1945: the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Commissioned by

a consortium headed by Peggy Dees, clarinet

  • Peggy Dees
  • Frank Kowalsky
  • John Weigand
  • Elizabeth Gunlogson
  • Steve Becraft
  • London-Silas Shavers and the Lambda Rho chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia of Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Jeremy W. Reynolds
  • Kenneth Grant
  • Richard MacDowell
  • Deborah Chodacki
  • Osiris J. Molina
  • J. David Harris
  • Jeffrey R. Boehmer
  • James Campbell
  • David Odom
  • Tod Kerstetter
  • David Shea
  • Joseph M. Eller
  • David Gresham
  • Dr. Carol Jessup
  • Andrea Steele
  • Kip E. Franklin
  • Mina Son

 

Description

Eternal Garden was commissioned by a consortium headed by Seattle clarinetist Peggy Dees. The four movements are “Lamentation,” “On Chestnut Hill,” “Elegy: August 6, 1945,” and “Eternal Garden.” The movements become progressively longer, the last being more than half the length of the entire piece. A quality of patience and quiet accumulates over the course of the four movements. 

Program Note

It is my task as a composer not to presume from the start that I know what the music is supposed to be; my job is to listen, and to follow the impulse that comes through me as faithful as I can. What came out in this case are four deeply meditative “songs”. After some reflection I can say that this music is about the need to stop and simply to be; to stop thinking, stop planning, stop worrying, stop presuming to know how we are supposed to act in the world. Life as we are doing it on this planet has begun to look suicidal. There has to be a different path.

I was given images of widespread suffering and destruction. This music is about the transformation of suffering. I have no illusion that a single piece of mine will end world suffering, but it opens the possibility of real peace in me as an individual. There is not a path to world peace; peace is the path, and it begins inside each person.

Program note by David Maslanka

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