When Shadows Hold their Breath
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Chamber [clarinet, piano]

When Shadows Hold their Breath

Ford Fourqurean {clarinet}; Daniel Anastasio {piano}
Keywords: twilight song

The title is from Emily Dickinson’s poem There’s a Slant of Light: “When it comes, the Landscape listens – Shadows – hold their breath”.

A trill is used to conceptualise a shadow. I am perceiving the trill as a sound representing aspects of transience, rotation and vibration. Trills also bring into prominence the primary note. In a similar manner, a shadow, depending on the slant of light, may magnify or compress the shape of the original object, bringing it into prominence.