was commissioned by the Eschler Music Foundation for organist Alexander Lane (no relation), and premiered
in May 2012. Saint Caecilia is often depicted in art with an organ (among various other instruments).
She is the patron saint of music, but also of blindness. Often in artistic depictions
her eyes are painted with mysterious upward gaze, yet it seems unclear if this is a blind gaze one or one of intense spiritual focus.
I can't help but also imagine the music from her organ
wandering with ambiguous directionality. Sacred yet improvised; spiritual, but also impulsive.
The modality of the piece also shifts and wavers, evoking musical textures of early music, but with a more contorted
sense of harmony. The piece begins with a low-register melodic line (a solo for the feet), and concludes with a majestic chorale on the same theme.
In between, there is a series of contrapuntal explorations of this theme, wandering blindly (or perhaps with intense focus?)
through different styles and textures.
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