A free-flowing exploration of delicate timbres. Intricate rhythms give the piece a cadenza-like character, as if all three players were improvising together.
Through the Mist also exists in an orchestral version.
Originally with guitar, the new version can be for harp or guitar. The sheet music includes both parts.
Notes by the composer
Through the Mist was written for colleagues at the company where I worked in 1992. Three people organized a trio to commission this work as part of the companys Christmas auction for charity. When I offered to write a piece as an auction item, the trio bid for it and paid the commission fee to their favorite charities.
The first movement, marked Allegretto, is a rhapsodic cadenza for three. Shifting rhythms and rubato keep the music from settling into a regular pulse. The phrases become more complex and build to a climax in a tonal center of D. A transition takes the music to a sort-of coda for violin with a guitar accompaniment in which the rhythm becomes more regular and the harmonies clearly move from A back to D minor.
The second movement, Andante arpeggiato, is more austere and hesitant, with minor seconds and a knocking motive, which builds to the hammered octaves at the climax.
The third movement, Andante sonore, begins with the sound of a romantic, tropical song. An interlude follows where the flute sings and the violin rhapsodizes on over the guitars ostinato. The opening melody returns, hauntingly. The movement finally settles into the implied opening key of E minor with rhythmic references to the knocking motive of the second movement.
I want to thank James Meadors for his help in making the guitar part playable.
David Cleary wrote in New Music Connoisseur of a performance in April 2003:
[Through the Mist] is a laid-back, graceful, expressive selection that possesses more depth than its gentle surface might suggest.
Duration 10-12 minutes
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