THE LOON'S CHANT 
Premiered Nov. 26, 1989. Capitol City Playhouse, Austin.
ISIS New Music Ensemble.
The Loon's Chant was written in the Fall of 1987, shortly after my arrival in the United States as a Fulbright Fellow. I wanted to inaugurate my stay in this country with a piece based on some striking, all-American element. After many attempts to find sources of inspiration while wandering around the East Coast, I came across a National Audubon Society recording of loon's calls. This was the first time I had heard a loon singing.
Discovering the bird's captivating musicality, and learning about its almost imminent extinction made a powerful impact on me. I did not attempt to write a documentary, however -none of the melodic patterns I heard on the recording appear in the piece. I rather like to think of this work as a melancholic lament for the loon's ordeal.
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