|Lindsey Goodman, flute|
The excerpts from Dear Youth (1990) by Daron Hagen were particularly effective. Mr Hagen is a Civil War buff, and the texts for these songs come from the letters of women of the era. One of them reads, "This is Christmas night and I am all alone and lonely.... I hope this awful war will soon close and we will be happy once more." These songs were commissioned and premiered in 1991 by the trio Sonus.
Penelope's Song by Judith Shatin is a tribute to Penelope, Queen of Ithaca and wife of Odysseus in Homer's epic The Odyssey. Odysseus was kept away at sea for 20 years, and one of Penelope's ruses to ward of unwelcome suitors was to make them wait until she had finished weaving a shroud for her father in law Laertes. The suitors never knew she unraveled by night all the work she had done during the day. The composer recorded the sounds of actual weaving on a loom, and electronically manipulated them in many ways to make the wide array of weaving sounds with which the flute enjoys play.
Once again, I know almost nothing about new music, but I found something to enjoy about every piece on this concert. I'd highly recommend the CD, too!