for Piano Solo with Recorded Nature Sounds and Projected Images within a Frame.
The musical score is divided into two books, and is derived from the names of twenty-four naturalists that have had a significant impact on human culture throughout history. The player selects 12 naturalists from the group of twenty-four. Musical expressions are shaped by the player according to biographical references of the naturalists, and in subtle response to recorded nature sounds.
The selected naturalists for this performance are Pliny the Elder, Carolus Linnaeus, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), John J. Audubon, Charles Darwin, Henry Thoreau, John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Edward (Doc) Ricketts, Rachel Carson, Edward Wilson, Jane Goodall.
The recorded sounds and projected images of animals, insects, birds, marine life, fungi, plants, trees, and microorganisms have been sampled from around the world, and are collectively representative of the Five Kingdoms of life (Prokaryotes [Archea], Eukaryotes, Fungi, Plants, Animals).