J:10351124E:I:The Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron
Inspired by the Sinfonietta by Leos Janacek this work is rife with uncertainty. The first movement is constructed of merely four pitches: E, G, C, and C#. The ensemble is separated into four groups: upper woodwinds, high brass, lower woodwinds and tuba, and trombones and euphonium. The second movement features a descending four-note ostinato. The third movement begins with a simple hymn. A gentle and mysterious section ensues and the hymn is sent through a series of variations. The "pillars" from the first movement return. However, the "pillar" pitches do not fit in the current harmony and ultimately, the once clean, pastoral hymn, is now polluted. At the closing, the hymn is tarnished with a new, dissonant harmonic flavor.The fourth movement features a nimble, tarantella-like theme.