Baby-Angel Barcarolle was commissioned in 1994 by the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division as a piece for young players. You’ll probably notice that I was hanging out with the Bartok Violin Duets at the time. The piece is dedicated to the violinist Robin Lorentz.
Baby-Angel Barcarolle is part of my ongoing projectÂ Â A Book of Days. You can hear Mary Rowell’s demo recording by visitingÂ December 16th.
This old Breton’s fisherman’s prayer might be related to the piece:
dear god, be good to me;
the sea is so wide,
and my boat is so small.
Here is a score of the piece in pdf format.
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When Elizabeth Panzer asked me for a harp piece, I came up with an idea for a big piece based on a poem by Linda Norton (the poet of Landscaping for Privacy) about knitting and the Aran Islands. I still plan to make that piece, but as the deadline neared, I realized I will need more time to write it, so instead I decided to work with a sweet redemptive pattern I had written as an underscore for an audiobook production of Geraldâ€™s Game, one of Stephen Kingâ€™s more horrific novels. The resulting piece is totally diatonic, doesnâ€™t even require two octaves, uses standard minimalist variation techniques, and in virtually every way plays nice.
I think itâ€™s actually a mean little thing.
There are two recordings available:
The harp version is recorded on Elizabeth Panzerâ€™s CD,Â Dancing in Place.
A toy piano version (played by two people) is the title cut onÂ twisted tutuâ€™s CD.
Play Nice is part of my ongoing project, A Book of Days. You can hear the twisted tutu version by visiting December 5th.
Here is a score (.pdf) of the solo version.
Here is a score (.pdf) of the duo version.
The graphic is based on a drawing by Emma Grady Pawl.
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