Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Hradcanska for flute, violin, cello, and piano was written during a residency at the Prague/American Summer Music Institute and completed during a residency at the Seaside Institute program “Escape to Create. “Hradcanska” is the name of the subway stop near the studio in which I wrote the piece. While in Prague I was struck by the frenetic level of activity that was taking place. At that time, 1994, there was so much construction occurring that there was virtually no unemployment. On one hand, everything seemed to be working just right but I also felt uneasy, as I often do when things are going really well. Underneath this feeling of exhilaration there is also a feeling of insecurity or unease that all is about to unravel.
This piece was made possible by a composer fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
"Hradcanska" for orchestra impressed me with its intelligence and energy."Bruce Polay, Music Director/Conductor of Knox-Galesburg Symphony.
Charles Mason's piece is a vigorously rhythmic... piece." Sarah Cahill, KPFA (94.1 FM), San Francisco
A... ray of illumination: the premiere of Charles Norman Mason's pithy, purposeful "Hradcanska", a stylish soundscape... Nancy Raabe, Birmingham News, March, 1999.