Music Notes – August 26, 2018

Cantos for the End of Summer is a suite of three piano pieces that composer Gwyneth Walker calls “character studies” reflecting various aspects of her compositional style and personality. The three are serving as our prelude, offertory, and interlude, respectively.

Walker’s notes on the pieces:

“Prelude” represents an Italian melodic “flourish.” [Walker is of Italian ancestry and studied with the Italian composer Arnold Franchetti.]

“Caper” indulges in rhythmic fun, humor, and a bit of [ragtime].

“Evensong” is a nostalgic portrait of the village green, surrounded by white-steepled churches … the bells are ringing out the call for Evensong service … it is late August, and summer is fading.