Title

“A Suite on the Wing,”

Presenter

Thomas Meinzen

Abstract

Composed this past fall, “A Suite On the Wing” is a set of character pieces for solo piano. Each piece aims to convey the essence of a specific bird and its habitat. “Eagle of the Frozen Crags” begins with variations on three minor themes, superimposed upon the rhythm of a heartbeat to evoke the mystery of a mist-enshrouded eyrie. The second composition, “Thrush of the Autumn Leaves,” brings a contrast of tone and pace in a sweet, wandering melody, all captured by broken major sevenths, quintuplets and feathered triplet passages. The suite concludes with “Swallow of the Summer Skies,” a lilting, joyful song that glides through highly syncopated passages and descending chromatic progressions in tribute to the grace and speed of the swallow. I will speak briefly about the conception of the piece and my working process in creating it before it is played.

Faculty Sponsor

John Earnest

Sponsor Department/Programs

Music

Tracks

Composer's Studio

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Performance

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Apr 19th, 3:45 PM Apr 19th, 4:00 PM

“A Suite on the Wing,”

Kimball Theatre

Composed this past fall, “A Suite On the Wing” is a set of character pieces for solo piano. Each piece aims to convey the essence of a specific bird and its habitat. “Eagle of the Frozen Crags” begins with variations on three minor themes, superimposed upon the rhythm of a heartbeat to evoke the mystery of a mist-enshrouded eyrie. The second composition, “Thrush of the Autumn Leaves,” brings a contrast of tone and pace in a sweet, wandering melody, all captured by broken major sevenths, quintuplets and feathered triplet passages. The suite concludes with “Swallow of the Summer Skies,” a lilting, joyful song that glides through highly syncopated passages and descending chromatic progressions in tribute to the grace and speed of the swallow. I will speak briefly about the conception of the piece and my working process in creating it before it is played.