Flute, Viola and Harp
Commissioned by the Debussy Trio
First performance: May 4, 1997 Debussy Trio, Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene
I read a lot: novels, poetry, short stories, books about music, letters, collected essays by interesting people, the newspapers. I had for quite awhile been thinking about writing my own set of short stories, but with music instead of words. Short Stories, which I composed for the Debussy Trio during May-August 1995, is the result. I have used single words to set the stage for each story: ‘graceful’, ‘fleet’, ‘keening’, etc. The content of the story – its plot, characters, setting, feel – are left for you to fill in, if you are so inclined. When composing the music, I imagined a situation where listeners (they tended to be children in my imagination) would compare stories after hearing the music. As it turns out, a children’s ballet theatre from North Carolina toured with a choreographed version of ‘Short Stories’ a few summers ago. I was unable to attend, but I would be very interested to see what stories they told.
- Donald Crockett
Short Stories (1995)