J:10351124:I:The Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron
This work was inspired by the relatively large wading bird commonly found in North and Central America. The name of this bird has always conjured an image of something of such unbelievable beauty and wonder. It can be both terrifying and awe-inspiring. Musically speaking, this work is an arabesque, a short single movement containing ornamentation. This term is also used in art to describe works that contain two flowing decorative motifs in the shape of "S" and "U." In ballet, it is used to describe the shape and movement of a spiral. The gestures of this work follow the contour of these shapes and movements and embody the Arabesque in all of these forms.