Through the Mist

by Pamela J. Marshall

for flute, violin, harp or guitar

Duration 12 minutes


Rhapsodic trio in three movements.

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The sonorous music of Through the Mist is a free-flowing exploration of delicate timbres. Intricate rhythms give the piece a cadenza-like character, as if all three players were improvising together.

Three movements:

  1. Ashuelot Sunrise – Allegretto
  2. Rocky Shore – Andante arpeggiato
  3. Nocturne – Andante sonore

Instrumentation: flute, violin, harp, with alternate parts for viola and guitar. The downloadable PDF sheet music includes all alternate parts.

Through the Mist also exists in an orchestral version.

Composer’s notes:

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 company’s 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 guitar’s 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.

Review 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.

Through the Mist CD - Front

Recording The Lexington Symphony Chamber Players, Danielle Boudrot, flute; Elizabeth Whitfield, violin; Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, harp recorded Through the Mist for its namesake CD Through the Mist on Ravello Records

Performance Check out the photo gallery of the Lex Sym Chamber Players May 2013 concert in Acton MA.

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