Out of This World
for Alto Saxophone, Violoncello, and Piano
9 min., 30 sec. •
The composition of Out of this World arose from my reading of the brief poem of the same name by the Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. He describes his experience of communion in a Catholic Mass. He has the experience of the mystery, and of time stopping. For all the rationalism, cynicism, and violence of modern times, he says “I cannot disavow words like ‘thanksgiving’ or ‘host’ or ‘communion bread.’ They have un undying tremor and draw, like well water far down.” My music is a relatively brief but passionate statement from the heart. It has a storytelling quality similar in intent and feel to a Chopin Ballade.
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