Moons We Live With

for piano trio (2017)

duration: 5'

 

program note

Moons We Live With takes inspiration from Sylvia Plath’s poem Balloons. In the poem, one of Plath’s more optimistic works, she captures the innocence of childhood by describing a party balloon. Simultaneously beautiful and fragile, the balloon represents all that she has but also, how easily it could be taken away from her.

In this piano trio, I attempted to represent these concepts through music. Through the rhythmic drive that barely lets up, glimpses of beauty can be seen, all too soon to be snatched away again by the relentless beat.

 

‘Such queer moons we live with…
Delighting the heart like wishes.’

- Sylvia Plath

Copyright © 2019 James Mountain

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