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 project A Book of Days. You can hear Mary Rowell’s demo recording by visiting 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 Gerald’s Game, one of Stephen King’s more horrific novels. The resulting piece is totally diatonic, doesn’t even require two octaves, uses standard minimalist variation techniques, and in virtually every way plays nice.
I think it’s actually a mean little thing.
There are two recordings available:
The harp version is recorded on Elizabeth Panzer’s CD, Dancing in Place.
A toy piano version (played by two people) is the title cut on twisted tutu’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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