The Ground Blurs

The Ground Blurs (2012)

solo cello
Written for Kirsten Whitson with funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

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"I like contrasts in music. I like louds followed by quiets, and I like slow followed by fast. When you're in a car, take a look out the window. As you look up, the clouds, horizon, cityscapes in the distance move very slowly. It puts you in your place - a small thing in a grand landscape. All you need to do is look down as you move and then you become a huge thing, moving fast. All the nearer elements - the side of the road, houses, trees, they blur by as you go. "The Ground Blurs" is not programmatic. Don't try to find a narrative. But do feel the push and pull of fasts, slows, starts and stops. There are sections where you can see the cellist working hard, and then there are moments of tranquility. Enjoy the movement."

- Timothy C. Takach