Still Life (2005) for alto flute and guitar


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.

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