Three Shades of Blue
2004 • 21 minutes • Two pianos and two percussion
"The blues" is a well-known musical genre, characterized both by its portrayal of sadness, depression and a general lag in spirit and by its repetitive formal structure, recognizable scale and particular "blue notes" that fall outside of traditional Western music tuning systems.
The three movements in my "Three Shades of Blue" reflect three different moods inspired by the traditional "blues" state we all know, but using different kinds of material.
"Three Shades of Blue" was commissioned by the New Art Quartet and Dylan Benson through the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.