Faye-Ellen Silverman

Volcanic Songs

Year: 1983

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: harp

Publisher: Subito Music Corporation

Description: “Volcanic Songs”, commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore for Karen Lindquist, consists of two “songs” connected by an interlude. As the title suggests, this work alternates between short, eruptive sections and quieter, more song-like moments. The first song makes use of chords and narrow-range runs in its “volcanic” moments, while the second contains sweeping runs and glissandi. In both “songs”, tempi and dynamics assume structural significance. The interlude, which incorporates some characteristics of both outer, longer movements, contrasts by its playful mood, its steady, faster tempo, its absence of songlike material, and its brevity – a short respite between eruptions. The second song contains subtle references to the first, furthering the interconnectedness of the piece established by the interlude.

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