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flute, viola and harp
9 April, 2001
Abigail Dolan, flute
Amos Boasson, viola
Gittit Boasson, harp
1. Dolente, con Nostalgia
Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp
Veiled Echoes is a trio for flute, viola and harp. It continues a tradition of works, trios for flute viola and harp that were written from the late 19th century on. The instrumentation of FLUTE, VIOLA AND HARP is unique, as it gives a very light and melodic color. Other trios for flute, viola and harp include the Sonate of Debussy, Elegiac Trio by Bax and other works. Many Israeli composers also wrote trios for flute viola and harp including Ben Haim.
Veiled Echoes for flute, viola and harp was written during a one month stay at Aspen, Colorado . While being surrounded by wild nature at its best, writing a trio for flute, viola and harp seemed to me as the most natural thing – as unification between music and the mountains, the woods and the rivers. Because of these external influences, as well as the trio’s delicate instrumentation, Veiled Echoes is in most of the cases airy and with delicate texture. In many places, the rhythm of the piece tends to be flexible, just like a leaf carried by the wind.
Veiled Echoes is consisted of three movements: the first brings nostalgia and remembrances. Number of musical motives which are introduced here will reappear and be developed in the following movements. This movement ends like a music-box that grows slower and slower. The second movement is the dreamiest of the three. It was written while trying to create a harmony with the rustle of the wind and the flow of the river. In this movement, I was not searching for musical continuity, but planted musical events one after the other while creating a static atmosphere. The third movement comes to demonstrate the energetic potential found in the trio’s instrumentation and to present the virtuosity of the players. In this movement, the listener would find motives fro the first movement alongside new motives. Veiled Echoes was written for Ensemble Lumina and is dedicated to them.