Of Coal and Stars [String Trio, 2016]
ABOUT THIS WORKInspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, ‘Of Coal and Stars’ focuses on the ornamentation present in the Aria, taking the patterns and twisting them, placing them within a static and sustained environment, where they become the trigger for movement within the piece.
The title is taken from the idea of ‘peacock’ coal; where a thin film of material on the surface of the coal refracts light, and causes the rainbow of colour just as a thin film of oil on water causes iridescence. The colour is a surface effect that usually does not last long after the coal is exposed, and the coal returns to its ordinary black colour.
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