Friday, January 14, 2011

Link YouTube: The Widow, the Orphan and the Immigrant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lDjWmgBQOo

This is a charming piece for English horn and guitar performed by the Mountain Music Duo. The piece was written by Andrew Halladay and was inspired by a passage in Deuteronomy. This pleases me at multiple nerdy levels. It sounds cool (the composer worked a lot with octatonic ideas in this piece). That it is written for an extremely unusual combination of instruments that includes guitar makes it cool (I have, in case you are curious, written a sonata for English horn and guitar of my own). It is also awesome that Halladay's work was inspired by a passage in Deuteronomy.

I have suggested to Tenly that she pass along an idea to Andrew, that he compose a sequel work for English horn and guitar (or oboe) that musically depicts the story of Ruth. Ruth was both a widow and an immigrant in Israel, and was in some sense a kind of orphan from her former homeland in Moab. Think of it, a work about the story of Ruth for English horn and guitar could be wonderfully beautiful. Kudos to Andrew Halladay for writing such a lovely piece and here's at least one guitarist/composer pulling for him to write a lovely sequel inspired by Ruth. :)

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