Water Words

When asked to contribute a set of miniatures for Chartreuse’s “Water Cycle,” I was drawn to the idea of using excerpts of text from the Bible as inspiration. The excerpts refer to water in different ways, from mysterious darkness to light-hearted drops of rain. This provides a unique mood and perspective for each movement.

The piece opens with the text, “darkness was upon the face of the deep,” which comes from the creation account in Genesis. This passage is followed by, “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The imagery of the Spirit reminded me of the ancient hymn tune, “Veni Creator Spiritus” (Come Creator Spirit). I chose to utilize fragments of the melody throughout the work, tying the movements together with a cohesive, musical thread.


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DATE

2014

DURATION

5 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION

Violin
Viola
Cello

MOVEMENTS

I.
…darkness was upon the face of the deep.
II.
…the windows of heaven were opened.
III.
…he leadeth me beside the still waters.
IV.
…hail and fire flashing…
V.
…pour out thine heart like water…

COMMISSION

Chartreuse String Trio

PREMIERE

July 19, 2015
Bop Stop at The Music Settlement, Cleveland, OH
Myra Hinrichs (vln. 1), Carrie Frey (vla.), Helen Newby (vc.)

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

July 21, 2015
Cafe Mustache, Flood Music Series, Chicago, IL
Myra Hinrichs (vln. 1), Carrie Frey (vla.), Helen Newby (vc.)

July 23, 2015
Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO
Myra Hinrichs (vln. 1), Carrie Frey (vla.), Helen Newby (vc.)

RECORDING

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