Drei Schreckliche Engel
Three small, liturgical-style stanzas after Rainer Maria Rilke - - " . . . every angel is terrible" - -
from his Duino Elegies.
In the tradition, an hommage to the masters, dedicated to Julius Arthur Hemphill.
A piece in three sections after Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
. . . In Her Image
Inspired by a passage from Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum - - the world in woman's image.
After Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus.
A musical joke, humorous miniature.
Hojo no Umi
A four-part piece based on Yukio Misihima's Sea of Fertility Tetralogy: Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and The Decay of the Angel.
Funky, in yet another facet of the tradition, dedicated to Les McCann.
Horseness Is the Whatness of Allhorse
A phrase stolen from James Joyce's Ulysses, a quirky, obsessive meditation on Being - - based on the rhythm of the syllables.
An excuse to play, perhaps a small hommage to Gustav Mahler as well as the "seal" on the set of pieces that make up this album - - the capper.