Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre

Cello and Fixed Media

Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre for cello and fixed media was written for Craig Hultgren in January, 2017.  The title is from a Yeats’ poem.  The piece rapidly alternates between five motives, in a sort of spinning of the motives around each other.  Yet, there are two types of motives: ones that spin within themselves and ones that propel the spinning of the piece.  While the composition is not meant to depict Yeats’ poem literally, it is intended to create the sense of spinning out of control, of a zeitgeist that harks back to times that were dark and prone to hatred, the sense of history cycling back to darker days. 

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