a frost-making stillness

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The title of the piece comes from the opening lines of Ted Hughes’ poem “The Horses.”

“I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark.
Evil air, a frost-making stillness”

While not a literal evocation of the poem, the horses are later described as “Megalith-still,” and this notion is important in ‘a frost-making stillness.’ The work is about the emergence and dissipation of large ‘pillars’ of sound, which articulate an otherwise harmonically static piece. ‘A frost-making stillness’ instead focuses on colour and detail. It searches for rhythm, a kind of timbral rhythm, within sustained sound. It is the articulation and re-conception of a single chord without a harmonic rhythm.

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