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Rivers & Seas

'Rivers & Seas' is a gorgeous companion piece to 'Seek A Lowly Place' using the same melody, here presented as an instrumental 'song without words' with 3 verses. 9 horns accompany a solo horn line in extended just intonation harmonies.

Recorded by Jack Garzonio at Studios 301. February 2020.

The melody is from my work 'A Hundred Valleys' which has two forms, both of which are in 3 parts. Version 1 is for 19-div trumpet, played by Stephen Altoft and found on his albumThe Yasser Collection. Version 2 is for horn and is published by Wirripang. This version has rich harmonies and is only part one of the earlier versions. Recorded by Jack Garzonio at Studios 301; produced by Jack Garzonio and Chryssy Tintner. December 2019.

Music honouring the Meditation Buddha of All-Acomplishing-Wisdom. Solo horn plus 8 horns playing in just intonation to the 19th harmonic. Performed by Michael H Dixon and Ian O'Brien; recorded by Ian O'Brien in 2005.

Just intonation for French horn ensemble. A short melody is played 6 times each subtly varied in counterpoint and rich harmonies.The widest interval is a fourth. The melodies are repeated with smaller steps, changing the harmonies, the flavour and deepening the relation between heart and mind. The widest interval is a major 3rd. The feel is more urgent. Again, the melodies are repeated with smaller steps. The widest interval is a wide minor 3rd. The feel is more urgent yet. Again, the melodies are repeated with smaller steps. The counterpoint is more florid. The widest interval is a small minor 3rd. The feel is broad and continues to broaden. We go smaller and deeper, 'heart to heart, mind to mind'.

Recorded by John Lewis at Flat Track Studio. September 2019.

The music has a bold opening inspired by the story of Greek philosopher Epictetus. The lyrical mid section is a 'song' based on one of his sayings: 'Your will is always within your power." The trumpet tunes a number of pitches to sound as upper harmonics of the piano chords which bring considerable character to the music. Cover art copyright 2019 vsevolod vlaskine, all rights reserved.

Recorded by John Lewis, Flat Track Studio, June 2019.