The yellow fog (2010)
Flute, clarinet, violin and cello. 12:00.
I've often come back to the poetry of T.S. Eliot over the years, especially his mystical ruminations on time in The Four Quartets, pondering evocative phrases such as “the music from a farther room,” or “you are the music while the music lasts.” Without drawing conscious connections, I sometimes recognize phenomena in his poetry which I strive to create in my own works. When I began composing the sound textures of The Yellow Fog, some lines from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” popped into my head: "The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes / The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes."
The Yellow Fog was composed for Either/Or Ensemble, and premiered at
Tenri Cultural Institute 27 March 2011.
"'Yellow Fog", by Erik Griswold, was a challenging, episodic piece that drifted in and out of tonality-- getting denser and more tension-filled as it progressed. Cello and clarinet wove intricate lines that orbited, echoed, and ultimately opposed each other. Challenging--but satisfying in a hard to define way." - Robert Bush, San Diego Reader, 15 June 2012