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)
The 20th century gave birth to a remarkable revolution in science and technology. But it was also a period of environmental destruction. The beauty of nature and its resources, that took millions of years to develop, have been damaged and depleted in just a few decades. Many wild animals have become extinct because their living environment has been destroyed, or because they have been hunted. The theme of Children of Light is wild animals in danger, and environmental problems, such as deforestation, sea pollution, ozone depletion, global warming and so on.
Children of Light is comprised of five sections as follows:
The twenty animals named in the full collection were selected from the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. It is deeply painful for me to look at this enormous list of threatened animals. Children of Light was composed in 1998-99 as a homage to endangered animals and to the planet Earth, and also as a message to children of the future, entrusting them with the protection of the natural environment.
Notes by Karen Tanaka. Karen Tanaka is an exceptionally versatile composer and pianist. Her works have been performed by distinguished orchestras and ensembles worldwide. Karen Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and teaches composition at California Institute of the Arts.