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for prepared guitar, bass flute and violoncello
duration: 9’ SMMP No. 122
Lisa Cella, bass flute, Ashley Walters, cello, Jay Sorce, prepared guitar,
at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, June 2017.
"an evanescent soundscape..."
-Ken Herman, San Diego Story, January 14, 2014
January 2014, SoundON Festival of Modern Music, La Jolla, CA, Colin McAllister, guitar, Lisa Cella, flute and Franklin Cox, ‘cello.
Flame is dedicated to the guitarist Colin McAllister. It is a character piece in which the guitar is placed in an uncomfortable center between the volatile, imbalanced bass flute and the spectral, yet stately ‘cello. The guitar’s preparation inhibits its natural resonance, indicating that its initial association with the flute is somewhat unnatural. Only when it removes the preparation is it allowed to sound fully as it was intended, but this does not come without a price.
Though archetypal, the characters are drawn from Virgil’s Aeneid, with particular attention to Book IV. By chain of reference, the piece borrows from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (1689) with a loose quotation of the ground bass from Song 34 (“When I am laid in Earth may my wrong create no trouble in thy breast.”)