Icefield Sonnetsstring quartet (2004)
|Movements||I. Cold is a cell |
II. Glass is a place
III. North is a notion
|Premiere||February 13, 2005; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; Ying Quartet|
The Enso String Quartet performs "III. North is a Notion"
Icefield Sonnets was written for the Ying Quartet and was inspired by the poetry of Anthony Hawley. Each poem in the set speaks of the notion of “north,” specifically in the winter months, and it was my aim to capture some of the different moments of “coldness,” from quiet stillness to more violent activity. Like the set of poems, the piece is in three movements, the first marked “Cold, airy, suspended, like an ice crystal,” the second “driving forward,” and the third “Sustained.”