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The title of this piece is a metaphor for the fragility of trust and human relationships. The simple act of placing a found or chosen object somewhere special has significance. It requires forethought, delicacy of movement and great care and yet, in the end, the object – in this case, a feather, remains vulnerable; it is a slight, graceful object that can easily be broken or blown away.
In the opening few bars, a three note motif can be heard in the cello part. This is the work’s central motif from which much of the thematic material is derived. The second movement, which employs Latin rhythms, is abruptly interrupted at its most subdued point by three discordant piano chords in the lower register, signaling the start of the third movement. This movement features driving syncopated rhythms and an angular melodic theme. The fourth movement begins with a contemplative cello cadenza, the cello eventually shifting the mood towards an energetic and unrelenting drive to the finish.
Commissioned by James Tennant and Katherine Austin
Dedicated to James Tennant and Katherine Austin
I. Molto Allegro
III. Molto Allegro
IV: Adagio (Cello Cadenza), Vivo
22 Oct 2003: Performed by James Tennant and Katherine Austin at Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton