Liguria

flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (1990)

(excerpt) Performed by Elizabeth Brown, flute; Jo Ann Sternberg, clarinet; Curt Macomber, violin; Greg Hesselink, cello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

from Blue Minor: Chamber Music by Elizabeth Brown Troy 627

duration: 10′


program note

Liguria was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for the New York New Music Ensemble, who premiered it on May 18, 1999, at Hunter College in New York City. The music, constructed of layers, echoes, and shadows of a few themes set in a resonant, pulsing sound world, reflects a certain lyrical melancholy I felt during an Italian residency in 1998. Above the Liguria Study Center, steep narrow walkways twisted through ancient olive groves and between walled houses and small farms, with the Mediterranean spread below. In nearby Genoa, centuries of history were revealed in layers of beautiful decay in the dark old quarter. Even the food and wine had accumulated ages of rich flavor, and I always had a sensation of falling backward through time. Liguria was completed at the MacDowell Colony in January 1999.