Composition: Seascape: I. Tide Pools; II. Moods of the Sea

Info: Composition finished 2022, approx. duration 9:20 min, instrumentation two violins and cello (also arranged for violin, clarinet and cello; organ and piano; and solo piano)

Program notes: Seascape describes beaches on the coast where I’ve backpacked annually since I was 3, bringing violin and staff paper as I got older. Seascape is made of two movements each describing one of the beaches and their different moods, weather and tides.

I. Tide Pools starts with a calm low tide; herons fish from rocks; seals swim in the distance; birds soar overhead; in the tide pools there are many colorful creatures and plants. Then the tide rushes in and around the rocks and it all disappears. Later, afternoon sun sparkles on the water and the sand is warm.

II. Moods of the Sea evokes the sometimes sudden changes in feeling and weather: a music-filled evening looking out at waves rolling in under a vast, beautiful sunset; out at sea where huge storm waves crash against the rocks in the pounding rain; then more gradually back to the calm waves before dawn.

Performances: May 21, 2023, Tagney Jones Recital Hall at Seattle Opera; April 16, 2023, Brannon Warn-Johnston, violin 1 Jeanne Park, violin 2 Vea Freeman, cello; June 24, 2022, Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia College.