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Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, Webster Groves MO (map)
The music for ARRESTED FLIGHT, the 8th McLaren mystery, will be performed in concert today. The music, composed by Robert Chamerlin, was written for two pianos especially for this book.
“Arrested Flight” is a set of four character pieces composed for two pianos. The pieces--'The Laurels', 'The Fairies', 'Lily's Song', and 'All Clear'--describe different characters, settings, and images in the book. Musical quotations from Classical repertoire and traditional folk styles are used throughout.
McLaren arrives at The Laurels Bed and Breakfast and hears a Liszt prelude after an odd encounter with a strange man claiming to see fairies (1st piece). The second movement is a musical interpretation of what fairies must be like, followed by a bittersweet song for Lily (3rd piece). The final movement is based on a repeated pattern from Morse Code that builds to a big conclusion. The first and 4th pieces include quotes of both Celtic folk tunes and classical pieces (Liszt in the first piece and Debussy in the fourth piece). The third piece quotes the hymn tune 'Evan'. There is no quotation in 'The Fairies', the second piece; it is a strict formal construction based on a symmetrical scale. It is still programmatic, but more is left to the imagination of the listener.