Variations on a Summer Day & Piano Quartet

by Harold Meltzer

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released December 1, 2017

Piano Quartet performed by
Boston Chamber Music Society
Harumi Rhodes, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Ramen Ramakrishnan, violoncello
Max Levinson, piano

Variations on A Summer Day performed by
Abigail Fischer, soprano
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Tara O'Connor and Barry Crawford, flutes
Alan Kay and Vicente Alexim, clarinets
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Miranda Cuckson and Andrea Schultz, violins
Daniel Panner, viola
Greg Hesselink, violoncello

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Track Name: Variations on a Summer Day (2012-2016) Say of the gulls
Say of the gulls that they are flying
In light blue air over dark blue sea.
Track Name: A music more than a breath
A music more than a breath, but less
Than the wind, sub-music like sub-speech,
A repetition of unconscious things,
Letters of rock and water, words
Of the visible elements and of ours
Track Name: The rocks of the cliffs
The rocks of the cliffs are the heads of dogs
That turn into fishes and leap
Into the sea.
Track Name: Star over Monhegan
Star over Monhegan, Atlantic star,
Lantern without a bearer, you drift,
You, too, are drifting, in spite of your course;
Unless in the darkness, brightly-crowned,
You are the will, if there is a will,
Or the portent of a will that was,
One of the portents of the will that was.
Track Name: The leaves of the sea
The leaves of the sea are shaken and shaken.
There was a tree that was a father,
We sat beneath it and sang our songs.
Track Name: It is cold to be forever young
It is cold to be forever young,
To come to tragic shores and flow,
In sapphire, round the sun-bleached stones,
Being, for old men, time of their time.
Track Name: One sparrow is worth a thousand gulls
One sparrow is worth a thousand gulls,
When it sings. The gull sits on chimney-tops.
He mocks the guinea, challenges
The crow, inciting various modes.
The sparrow requites one, without intent.
Track Name: An exercise in viewing the world
An exercise in viewing the world.
On the motive! But one looks at the sea
As one improvises, on the piano.
Track Name: This cloudy world
This cloudy world, by aid of land and sea,
Night and day, wind and quiet, produces
More nights, more days, more clouds, more worlds.
Track Name: To change nature
To change nature, not merely to change ideas,
To escape from the body, so to feel
Those feelings that the body balks,
The feelings of the natures round us here:
As a boat feels when it cuts blue water.
Track Name: Now, the timothy at Pemaquid
Now, the timothy at Pemaquid
That rolled in heat is silver-tipped
And cold. The moon follows the sun like a French
Translation of a Russian poet.
Track Name: Everywhere the spruce trees bury soldiers
Everywhere the spruce trees bury soldiers:
Hugh March, a sergeant, a redcoat, killed,
With his men, beyond the barbican.
Everywhere spruce trees bury spruce trees.
Track Name: Cover the sea with the sand rose
Cover the sea with the sand rose. Fill
The sky with the radiantiana
Of spray. Let all the salt be gone.
Track Name: Words add to the senses
Words add to the senses. The words for the dazzle
Of mica, the dithering of grass,
The Arachne integument of dead trees,
Are the eye grown larger, more intense.
Track Name: The last island
The last island and its inhabitant,
The two alike, distinguish blues,
Until the difference between air
And sea exists by grace alone,
In objects, as white this, white that.
Track Name: Round and round goes the bell of the water
Round and round goes the bell of the water
And round and round goes the water itself
And that which is the pitch of its motion,
The bell of its dome, the patron of sound.
Track Name: Pass through the door
Pass through the door and through the walls,
Those bearing balsam, its field fragrance,
Pine-figures bringing sleep to sleep.
Track Name: Low, tide, flat water, sultry sun
Low tide, flat water, sultry sun.
One observes profoundest shadows rolling.
Damariscotta da da doo.
Track Name: One boy swims under a tub
One boy swims under a tub, one sits
On top. Hurroo, the man-boat comes,
In a man-makenesse, neater than Naples.
Track Name: You could almost see the brass on her gleaming
You could almost see the brass on her gleaming,
Not quite. The mist was to light what red
Is to fire. And her mainmast tapered to nothing,
Without teetering a millimeter's measure.
The beads on her rails seemed to grasp at transparence.
It was not yet the hour to be dauntlessly leaping.

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