By Anna Pidgorna | For Flute, Clarinet in B-Flat, Cello, and Piano | 11′
Composer: Anna Pidgorna
Year Composed: 2019
Instrumentation: For Flute, Clarinet in B-Flat, Cello, and Piano
Format: Performance Set: Full Score + 3 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0906.2
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From the composer:
The term “keening” refers to an old Irish tradition of lamenting the dead. The practice was meant to guide the departed safely into the next world, and to help the living express and process their grief. We can grieve a death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, a medical diagnosis, a long distance move which separates us from those we love, or even our past selves. Grief contains a plethora of often conflicting emotional states such as anger, guilt, denial, devastating sadness, lethargic melancholy, emptiness. The pain of grief can ravage us for days, or sneak up on us in otherwise serene moments of reverie or in response to the most mundane activities. Relentless attacks of such violent emotions leave us in a state of severe physical and mental exhaustion.
Commission/Dedication: Commissioned by UltraViolet with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Premiere: First performed March 24, 2019 at the Tim Ryan Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, MacEwan University by UltraViolet: Roger Admiral (piano), Chenoa Anderson (flute), Amy Nicholson (cello), and, Allison Balcetis (alto saxophone).
Recording: Watch a video of Keening performed with Flute, Alto Saxophone, Cello and Piano.