We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon how restlessly they speed and gleam and quiver, for piano and brass quintet

by David Victor Feldman

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Historically, atonality got associated with pitch saturation, namely with all the notes of the chromatic scale sounding nearly all the time. Here, the synthetic, non-tonal language of this new music pushes back against pitch saturation, yet systematically explores all the possible 5-note chords. Your ear will detects something like "keys" steadily modulating, but no tonics, no root progression.

The mood is dark. The title comes from a poem of Shelly:

Mutability
BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

I.
We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed and gleam and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly! yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost for ever:—

II.
Or like forgotten lyres whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.

III.
We rest—a dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise—one wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep,
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away:—

IV.
It is the same!—For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free;
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.

This is #2 in a series called My Travels Through Pentachord Space.
The other two works (so far) run too long for Bandcamp!

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released July 24, 2017

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