Letters for John
Piano or Flute & Piano
Total duration ca. 4'
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My friendship and correspondence with British painter John Hitchens has been one of the great honors and joys of my life. A friendship that began as an artistic dialogue with the work of his father Ivon Hitchens, and then came to include John’s own beautiful paintings and our first meeting in West Sussex, I am deeply gratified by the quarterly exchange of news, images, and ideas that has persisted for several years between us. The musical material for this work emerged from a musical translation of John Hitchens’s name into notes. All of the music emanates from this core, hence ‘letters’ are both literal correspondence, and letters arranged into musical ideas in this piece. The style of the work also reflects my understanding of the aerial-photograph-inspired abstraction of many of Hitchens’s paintings, with circularity, repetition, and curvaceous shapes. For John, with deep affection.