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Morning after the Deluge (2014)

Commissioned by New York Society for New Music

Duration: 13 minutes

Scoring: clarinet, piano, string quartet

Premiere:

2 November 2014, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, New York. John Friedrichs, clarinet; Sar Strong, piano; Ann McIntyre, Blagomira Lipari, violins; Kit Dodd, viola; Gregory Wood, cello.

Recording: INNOVA (#970)
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Program Note

Some inspiration for Morning after the Deluge, a 13-minute piece for clarinet, piano and string quartet (adapted from an earlier work for violin sextet), comes from William Turner’s similarly-named painting from 1843, Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) – the Morning after the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis. The painting depicts dawn emerging from the ruin of the great flood when God’s covenant with man was established. As a composer, I find it fascinating, as it is both visually expressive and suggestive of musical ideas. The shifting landscape dissolving into layers of mist against a rising sun inspired me to design the same for the music, which begins with a single melody shifted through different modes and slowly dissolves into a growing counterpoint of 2-part, 3-part, then 4-part, and so on; and when all 6 members of ensemble finally come together, we begin “seeing” the first light of the dawn. A new, lively motif emerges. Bright and colorful, the music bears influence from Chinese folk dances. The opening theme also formed the last part of the piece, which is reflective of a sunset. Here, the ensemble slowly fades, one instrument at a time, into the silence of the darkness.

—Zhou Tian

 

Other scorings available for this work:

violin, piano and string quartet
 

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At the premiere, with John Friedrichs, clarinet; Sar Strong, piano; Ann McIntyre, Blagomira Lipari, violins; Kit Dodd, viola; and Gregory Wood, cello. Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, New York

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