This piece was inspired by the beguiling sounds of the aeolian harp to which I was first introduced by Chris Cree Brown. Said to have been first ‘discovered’ by the ancient Greeks, aeolian harps are intended to be played not by human hands, but by the wind. The strings vibrates through a range of harmonics creating an eerie effect difficult to describe.
This short elegy was written for my friend and fellow composer Gerard Crotty who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 30. I dedicate it to his memory. The work has been recorded by Alexander Ivashkin on two CDs: Chaos of delight: music by Eve de Castro-Robinson, Atoll CD9806, and Under the Southern Cross: works for cello, Ode Manu 1543/4