Duration: 17 minutes
Still Life has nothing to do with painting or the visual arts or even nicely set tables with bowls of fruit and flowers sitting on them. Well, maybe just a little. Sometimes I wish that I could make a still life in music, arranging sounds carefully together on a table, freezing them in time forever. But without changing those sounds over time, it’s hard to create structure in music. So this piece is really more of a slow-motion life than a still life, lingering around sounds as long as it can without losing sight of where they are going.
Still Life was commissioned by Beth Bryngelson & Christopher Laughlin, to whom I am grateful for their encouragement and support.
- Bryngelson-Laughlin Duo, live performance on WFMT Radio, Chicago, March 2006.