Joycesketch II (1981)
David Schiff (b. 1945)
Joël Belgique, viola
I wrote Joycesketch II in 1981 for the great violist John Graham.
In the early 1980s I was working on an opera (which I still hope to complete some day) based on James Joyce’s early collection of short stories, “Dubliners” and I wrote three sketches in preparation. Joycesketch II mixes many of the kinds of music that Joyce refers to in his stories, especially Irish ballads and fiddle tunes, and I think it also conveys something of the humor and pathos found in these portraits of very ordinary people for whom music is one of the few sources of pleasure in life.
recorded Feb. 13, 2009
a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Oregon statehood
fresh detectable sounds by Oregon composers
produced by fEARnoMUSIC
at DISJECTA, Portland, OR