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When Virgil penned his great story of national mythology for the Roman state and empire, he called it The Aeneid, since the poem recounts the travels and adventures of Aeneas, a latter day Ulysses. As Aeneas and his fleet are sailing from Carthage toward Italy they encounter a violent storm and seek shelter in the protected harbour of a small island off the coast of North Africa. Here rocky outcrips provide a haven. Aequora tuta silent Virgil writes - the water is calm and silent. Friendly sounds echo back and forth across the water between the cliffs.
Notes taken from Toru, Atoll CD (ACD 143)
Commissioned by The Irrelevants: Timothy Deighton (viola) and Carrie Koffman (saxophone)
12 May 2006: Performed by Carrie Koffman & Tim Deighton (the Irrelevants), OKTA, Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton
Recorded by Carrie Koffman (saxophone) and Timothy Deighton (viola) at the Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, September 2011.