Elm is a video tribute to a 100-year-old tree that fell in my yard last spring. I set my images to the Gloria from Igor Stravinsky’s Mass. Music, in its very being, embodies the passage of time. This music is poignant – beautiful and heartrending till the final amen. The opening brass/reed line and the haunting solo alto voice (my part during all the years I sang in choruses) feel quite close to my heart. There is a trace of myself in Elm, my shadow and a fleeting view of my feet. The alto voice, whether solo or in duet, is plaintive, and parallels my own very emotional reaction at the downing of this elm and my response to the loss.
Igor Stravinsky Conducts
Columbia Masterworks Recording, 1967
Annette Baxter, soprano
Adrienne Albert, alto
Columbia Symphony Winds and Brass
Gregg Smith Singers