The Beckoning Stars

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: string quartet

Duration: 13 minutes

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The Beckoning Stars was my attempt to capture something of the yearning I feel when looking up at the night field of stars. It is the closest I have come to writing a “tone poem” and having the music be representative of aspects of this complex feeling. The high melody in the first violin is the distant stars, so out of reach. The cello is me, grounded on earth, unable to do more than think about and yearn for the stars. The middle section of the piece, with its sudden flurries of motion, was intended to represent the energetic fluxes of energy in the depths of space out of which stars and everything else we know are born. At the end, the stars continue to flash indifferently in the sky, while below on earth I fall silent…

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