Landscapes have long inspired poets, artists, and composers. Why? Is it that natural beauty sparks an artist’s innate sense of wonder? Do the intrinsic math and science revealed in nature invite further explorations in light and sound? Perhaps landscapes tap our subjective longing for meaning. As we listen to music inspired by landscapes, we learn more about ourselves.
Landscapes cycle with seasons and time. Naturally, any place contains overlapping cycles of birth, life, death, renewal and regeneration. Artists capture this flow in moments. A painter like Claude Monet might return to the same pond just to paint water lilies in a different light, a different mood. Composers can capture the swoop of a bird with a cascade of piano notes. Or write a jig inspired by the rhythms of desert wildflowers dancing in the wind.
On April 26, 2022, at 8PM Eastern, the Berklee String Department and The Boston Conservatory will present Landscapes: Music of David Wallace and Thomas Cabaniss. Please join us for the world premiere of my Alive in Death Valley: Quintet for Clarinet, String Trio and Piano, and the Massachusetts premiere of Cabaniss’s Trinity Pass. Read the program notes here, and please join the livestream.