Songs from Bass Garden

$40.00

for soprano, flute, percussion, piano & cello (2005)

 

Composer: Steven Burke

Product Description

Perusal Score

Audio

Duration

about 22 minutes

Instrumentation

soprano, flute, percussion (1 player), piano and cello

Text

Lisa Williams, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, and excerpts from the Papyri Graecae Magicae

Songs

Chimes
Visitation of Witches
The Diadem of Moses
Disobedience
Anatomy of a Skylark

Program Notes

Songs from Bass Garden was composed in my studio, in the Bass Garden at the American Academy in Rome.  It is located atop the Janiculum, the highest hill of Rome. The work is an exploration of the mystical and almost bewitching changes that I and my fellow Rome Prize recipients have experienced in the last year.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Janiculum hill is named after the God Janus, often depicted as a two faced God responsible for bringing changes and new directions in one’s life.  Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors (ianua), beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing-up of young people.

Songs from Bass Garden is a mythical, enchanting and sometimes painful spiritual and creative journey through a world populated by artists, musicians, poets, composers, witches and gods.

 

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