Title

‘Nature Suite’

Abstract

"Nature Suite," a set of three character pieces, is written for flute and piano. The first movement, “Desert Night,” paints the stars of the remote American Southwest with a lilting theme passed from piano to flute before a modulating bridge. The second, “Storm at Sea,” is a loose passacaglia, a form characterized by a repeated “ground” bass line. It depicts a placid ocean soon flecked with raindrops that build into a violent tempest. The storm’s lifting is evoked through an old hymn. The title of the final movement, “Mountain Air,” is an intentional pun — air: a light, lyrical tune; air: the stuff we breathe — the former meant to convey the enervating chill of the latter at altitude. I tried to illustrate the awe felt standing at the mountain’s base, the seemingly endless journey up and the incomparable thrill of cresting the summit ridge.

Faculty Sponsor

John Earnest

Tracks

Composer's Studio II

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Location

Kimball Theatre

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Performance

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‘Nature Suite’

Kimball Theatre

"Nature Suite," a set of three character pieces, is written for flute and piano. The first movement, “Desert Night,” paints the stars of the remote American Southwest with a lilting theme passed from piano to flute before a modulating bridge. The second, “Storm at Sea,” is a loose passacaglia, a form characterized by a repeated “ground” bass line. It depicts a placid ocean soon flecked with raindrops that build into a violent tempest. The storm’s lifting is evoked through an old hymn. The title of the final movement, “Mountain Air,” is an intentional pun — air: a light, lyrical tune; air: the stuff we breathe — the former meant to convey the enervating chill of the latter at altitude. I tried to illustrate the awe felt standing at the mountain’s base, the seemingly endless journey up and the incomparable thrill of cresting the summit ridge.

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