Thursday, November 02, 2006

Four Greek Myths

Susan Nigro, the great American virtuoso of the contrabassoon, and Mark Lindeblad, her pianist-partner in musical adventures around and about the lower ledger lines of the bass clef, played my Four Greek Myths for contrabassoon and piano on a concert at Northwestern University in October. They sent me a recording that you can listen to here if you like.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's cool. The contrabassoon sounds like some huge imposing animal.

Elaine Fine said...

In the first piece the contrabassoon represents the character of Hades, the god of the underworld, and the upper voices of the piano represent Persephone, a young girl he fancies who lives on the earth. This is the kind of programmatic writing that works really well for contrabassoon. When it comes to being huge and imposing, nothing else does what the contrabassoon can do.