Universal Lyre

concert remix

Composed: 1999
Duration: 13'20"

Program Notes

In 1999, I was the composer for the world premiere of The Passion of Henry David Thoreau, a play by Joyce Carol Oates. In approaching the music for this production, I was influenced by a passage from Walden in which Thoreau mentions being able to hear church bells from a nearby town. I used tuned filters to shape sounds of nature into otherworldly, ethereal bell sounds.