Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson
The Lotus Girl
Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan
The Lotus Girl (1980)
1. First Part (10.05)
2. Second Part (9.59)
3. Third Part (5.06)
4. Fourth Part (10.01)
5. Demesne (1984) 2.03
meruvina: clarinet, harpsichord
6. Evening (1984) 9.11
7. Kapalua (1983) 5.55 (two parts)
8. Long Island City (1983) 5.04
9. The Green Hill (1983) 5.52
All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.
Recorded and Mastered by Catharine Wood at the Planetwood Productions studio in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles), California.
Musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.
The Lotus Girl is a new name I gave to Symphony No 2, originally scored for full orchestra. It is a highly contrapuntal work with four contrasting movements. The vibraphones used here clearly delineate the individual voices.
Demesne is the last piece I wrote for acoustic instruments. This is a playful, melodic piece that was originally for alto saxophone and piano. I had the opportunity to hear Lee Konitz and Harold Danko sight-read Demesne in Lees Manhattan apartment in 1984.
Evening is an introspective composition originally written for piano.
Kapalua is a landmark composition for myself. It features a highly contrapuntal texture, which I had used previously, but also includes greater use of silence or rests in the individual parts. This achieves greater textural variety, includes passages with only one or two voices. Kapalua is Hawaiian for arms reaching out to the sea, describing the physical shape of a favorite place of mine in Maui.
Long Island City is named for the area of Queens I lived in from 1982 to 1984. Its situated directly across the East River in Queens, with unmatched views of Manhattan. I would jog alongside the river in the early morning before work enjoying the views, including a giant geyser shooting water high into the air from the middle of the river. This piece was originally recorded by Julliard students at the suggestion of Steve Reich, and was originally scored for flute, clarinet and viola.
The Green Hill was originally scored for oboe and contrabassoon. It is a spare composition with an emphasis on space and restraint.
- Michael Robinson, Lahaina, December 2000
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