© 2019 Erik Griswold.

Danny Boy adrift in the rising tide (2016)

Vocalizing pianist. 9:30.

Danny Boy is cast adrift in this tryptich for vocalizing pianist. In part 1, the pianist seems to be searching for Danny, while the passing of time is measured by a soft ticking motif and gently chiming chords.  Part 2 takes a particular turn of phrase from the Danny Boy melody ("the pipes, the pipes are calling") as the starting point for a free and more energetic variation, which takes on a harder and more percussive edge.  Finally we find Danny Boy "adrift in the rising tide," the familiar melody floating in the midst of textural waves, as it becomes enveloped by slowly cycling arpeggios.

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Danny Boy adrift in the rising tide  is dedicated to Lisa Moore and our Irish roots.