Mother Earth Program Notes
Seule dans la forêt by Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983)
Vöglein by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Forest Bird by Katherine Hoover (1937-2018)
A Hermit Thrush at Morn by Amy Beach (1867-1944)
Visions of Dunbar by Robert Schultz (b. 1948)
Children of Light, No. 5 by Karen Tanaka (b. 1961)
Galapagos Land Iguana
Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
Water Dance III by Karen Tanaka (b. 1961)
Meditation Prelude No. 4: Cumulus Humilus by Patrick Burke (b. 1974)
Sounds of a Fjord for piano and electronics by Kaja Bjørntvedt (b. 1981)
Pole Mountain Suite by Bonnie McLarty (b. 1983)
I. First Light
II. Old Happy Jack Trail
III. Mountain Stream
IV. Autumn Sky: Fog, Sunbreak, Last Light
Mirage by Elisenda Fábregas (b. 1955)
Rhythms of the North Country by Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)
Meditation Prelude 4: Cumulus Humilus is one of twelve piano preludes meant to facilitate contemplation, and perhaps to serve as an actual prelude to meditation. Cumulus humilis are “fair weather clouds.” As I was watching them float by one day, I was inspired to make this music, thinking about the complex and wondrous cycle of water moving from the earth to the sky and back.
You can find more of these preludes at: patreon.com/patrickburke.
Notes by Patrick Burke. Patrick is a composer and educator originally from Pittsburgh, now living in Albany, NY. He cofounded NOW Ensemble, cowrote Rounder Songs with his wife, Emily Pinkerton (recorded and released on New Amsterdam Records), and composed many pieces for orchestra (e.g., Pittsburgh Symphony) and chamber groups (e.g., eighth blackbird). He continues to compose and focus on community-building in Albany.
Patrick is donating 100% of his royalties from Becky Billock’s upcoming album to The Indigenous Environmental Network. (http://www.ienearth.org)